HFI Connect - Hepatitis
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Hi everyone,

After some browsing around I decided to post for the first time. I am from Corpus Christi TXand very much interested in getting all the latest information for cirrohosis with Hep C.

I have been fighting against Cirrohosis and Hep C and I would love to find some support and advice from you. I just completed a 24 week Harvoni regiment. Unfortunately, Harvoni did not cure my Hep C. I am devastated, 96-99% are cured.

I hope I find my way around the site, I'm still very much a newbie but eager to learn!

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Thank you for post, and we, at HFI, understand the concerns and questions you have. First, it is important for you to follow up with your physician regarding proper care of cirrhosis and Hepatitis C. Here is a basic overview on cirrhosis.

Currently, there is no cure for cirrhosis, however, doctors can delay the progress, minimize cell damage, and reduce the complications of the disease. One example is the use of a drug known as a beta blocker, to reduce portal hypertension. Some doctors prescribe diuretics to remove excess fluid that has accumulated in the ankles or the abdomen. Reducing salt in the diet can also be helpful.

If a person has cirrhosis as a result of hepatitis B or C, the doctor may administer antiviral drugs to reduce liver cell injury. Currently, the only FDA-approved drug for chronic hepatitis B or C is an “antiviral” drug called interferon alfa-2b. This treatment is given by injection and may have a number of side effects such as flu-like symptoms, headaches, and nausea.

Patients with cirrhosis often lead full, healthy lives for many years. Most of the side effects of the disease are treatable. Despite damage to the liver, the liver can still perform some of its functions. Research has recently discovered some promising new treatments which are being tested in clinical studies. A growing number of scientific investigators are conducting liver research, providing hope for new breakthroughs in treatment and cures for hepatitis and more than 100 known liver diseases.

Anyone who is affected by a liver disease knows how hard it is to cope with the medical, financial, and emotional problems. The Hepatitis Foundation International understands the need for education and prevention, but we also understand the vital importance of research. There is so much more to discover about hepatitis, cirrhosis, and other liver diseases.

Here are some phone numbers and websites that can be helpful with locating resources, support groups, financial assistance, etc:

The HealthWell Foundation 1-800-675-8415 healthwellfoundation.org

Patient Access Network 1-866-316-PANF (7263)

The patient assistance fund theassistancefund.org/

Hepatitis C Care Line 1-800-532-5274 hepatitisc.pafcareline.org/

HCV Dr Referral, support groups, clinics, testing: 1-877-435-7443, Help4hep.org

If you would like us to send you fact sheets and more information on Hepatitis C and Cirrhosis we will gladly do so. Please contact the HFI at 1-800-891-0707 so we can assist you further.