"Preliminary lab research suggests a hay fever drug that costs about 50 cents a pill has the potential to treat hepatitis C, a stubborn disease that has spawned drugs that sell for $1,000 a dose.
It's too early to know if the antihistamine chlorcyclizine HCI will work in people as a treatment for hepatitis C. Still, the new research suggests that "the drug blocks the virus getting into cells and is different from the current hepatitis C drugs, which block viral replication."
Moreover, "this drug complements the existing hepatitis C drugs and can be used in combination with them."
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"A potentially life-threatening slowing of the heart can occur when the common heart drug amiodarone is taken with new hepatitis C medications, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.
The dangerous slowing of the heart -- called symptomatic bradycardia -- can occur when amiodarone is taken with the hepatitis C drugs Harvoni (ledipasvir/sofosbuvir) or Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) and combined with another direct-acting antiviral for the treatment of hepatitis C."
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Has anyone here been prescribed both medications?View Thread
"New hepatitis C drugs promise cure rates above 90 percent, but could prove to be budget-busters for public and private health insurers, a new analysis finds.
Recently approved drugs for chronic hepatitis C have been heralded as a breakthrough that could make the liver disease "rare" in the United States. But with prices topping $1,000 per pill, government and private insurers are balking -- often putting limits on which patients qualify for coverage."
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Do you think the high cure rate is worth the large price tag, or is it just too much?View Thread
Here is some information on the hep. B vaccination that you may find helpful. Has she had an immunity test since receiving the vaccinations? As this article says, a post-vaccination immunity test is recommended for partners of someone who has chronic hep. B. Please let us know what you find!View Thread
This article on Hep C treatment side effects says that to prevent or limit hair loss, you should use a mild shampoo and avoid using harsh hair products. I think that it would be best to speak with your doctor about how long can expect this symptom to last. For now, limiting the amount that you color your hair or stopping completely may be a good idea until you get some answers from a medical professional. Please let us know how you are doing!View Thread
This article about vaccines for hepatitis says that the vaccine for hepatitis B is highly effective, and it is estimated that the vaccine will give immunity for 20-30 years (and possibly for life). You can read more in the above link.View Thread