Friday, August 19, 2011

Patient video;New hepatitis C Drugs and Resistance

A patient video about the new medications to treat hepatitis C

Some new copies of HCV carry mutations, meaning they are slightly different from the original virus. Some mutated virus can keep multiplying even when you are taking anti-HCV medications. When this happens, the drug will stop working. This is called “developing resistance” to the drug. Resistance can develop quickly. It is very important to take antiviral medications according to instructions, on schedule, and not to skip or reduce doses.
If your HCV viral load is too high after 4 weeks of treatment, your doctor might decide that you should stop taking telaprevir to avoid having your HCV develop resistance

1 comment:

  1. What they don't tell you is that you can do everything right, not miss any scheduled dose of medication, and still develop resistance. Anyone who is not cured will develop resistance. They should tell you that up front.