Ribavirin-interferon Long Term Side Effects

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Hi. I was treated for chronic Hep C 20 years ago and been having continuous health problems arise over past 5 years. I would like to know if it’s true that these issues are related to the interferon-ribavarin therapy taken in 1999-2000. I took sports 3x week. Diagnosed with mild Cirrhosis meld score 6. I have developed hypothyroidism at time of tx. Thyroid began to function again until 2015 now have hypothyroidism again, trigeminal neuralgia, fibromyalgia, positive ANA and being tested for PBC. I also have chronic pain, fatigue, depression that comes and goes, and PPPD.



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Linda Says:
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Have not received any response. Could someone please advise me on possible side effects 20 years post interferon-ribavarin therapy. Shots were taken 3 times per week and therapy was for 6 months. A physician recently asked me if I had ever taken chemotherapy in response to my diagnosis of trigeminal neuralgia. My answer was no but I did take the interferon to which he suggested this May be the source of my current health issues. Any information is greatly appreciated.

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