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What can do to ease the side effects of hepatitis C treatment?

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If fever or aches start a few hours after your interferon shot, try getting the shot at bedtime. Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen about 30-60 minutes before your shot.

For anxiety or crankiness, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and try relaxation exercises like yoga or tai chi.

If you have stomach problems, take your medications with food. Eat smaller meals and skip spicy, acidic foods.

Use moisturizing soaps and lotions to help with dry skin. Don't take long, hot showers or baths.

For a dry mouth or sour mouth, brush your teeth often and suck on sugar-free candies. Drink lots of water.

Ask your doctor about medications that might help with depression, nausea, or diarrhea.

SOURCES

Paul Gaglio, MD, medical director of liver transplantation, division of hepatology at Montefiore Medical Center.

Alison Jazwinski, MD, assistant professor of medicine, division of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition, Center for Liver Diseases, University of Pittsburgh.

Medscape: "FDA Panel Backs Sofosbuvir for Hepatitis C," "FDA Panel Recommends Approval of Simeprevir for Hepatitis C."

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: "Hepatitis C Treatment Side Effects Management Chart."

UpToDate: "Patient Information: "Hepatitis C (Beyond the Basics)."

FDA: "FDA approves Mavyret for Hepatitis C," "Mavyret Prescribing Information."

Hepatitis C Online: "Elbasvir-Grazoprevir (Zepatier)," "Sofosbuvir-Velpatasvir-Voxilaprevir (Vosevi)."

Medline Plus: “Daclatasvir,” “Ombitasvir, Paritaprevir, and Ritonavir,” “Peginterferon Alfa-2a Injection,” “Ribavirin,” “Sofosbuvir

HHS AIDSinfo: “Peginterferon Alfa-2a (HBV, HCV).”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on April 15, 2019

SOURCES

Paul Gaglio, MD, medical director of liver transplantation, division of hepatology at Montefiore Medical Center.

Alison Jazwinski, MD, assistant professor of medicine, division of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition, Center for Liver Diseases, University of Pittsburgh.

Medscape: "FDA Panel Backs Sofosbuvir for Hepatitis C," "FDA Panel Recommends Approval of Simeprevir for Hepatitis C."

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: "Hepatitis C Treatment Side Effects Management Chart."

UpToDate: "Patient Information: "Hepatitis C (Beyond the Basics)."

FDA: "FDA approves Mavyret for Hepatitis C," "Mavyret Prescribing Information."

Hepatitis C Online: "Elbasvir-Grazoprevir (Zepatier)," "Sofosbuvir-Velpatasvir-Voxilaprevir (Vosevi)."

Medline Plus: “Daclatasvir,” “Ombitasvir, Paritaprevir, and Ritonavir,” “Peginterferon Alfa-2a Injection,” “Ribavirin,” “Sofosbuvir

HHS AIDSinfo: “Peginterferon Alfa-2a (HBV, HCV).”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on April 15, 2019

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