for Veterans and the Public
Side effects overview
One of the most difficult things for people on hepatitis C therapy to deal with is the side effects caused by the interferon injections and ribavirin pills. For more information on hepatitis C treatment, see Treatment Decisions.
Side effects vary a lot from person to person. Some people will hardly notice that they are taking medications. Others will feel like they have a cold for much of the time on therapy, and sometimes they will feel even worse.
If you are on hepatitis C therapy:
- You need to be able to recognize and identify the side effects that you are having.
- You need to learn how to manage the side effects, including knowing when to ask your doctor for help.
- You need to know which side effects are serious, so that you can report them immediately to your health care provider.
Being educated about your treatment is important so that you can finish with good results and so that you can feel better sooner. To learn more about how to deal with treatment, you can click on each of the side effects on the right.