What to expect - Common side effects

The treatments are changing at a rapid rate. The side effects vary greatly depending on the treatments.

Hepatitis C treatments are changing so rapidly and are so individualised that the best person to discuss your treatment with is your prescribing doctor or hepatology centre. 

Interferon-based treatments are strong drugs.  They have more severe side effects than the newer treatments.  It is likely that a person will experience some of the following side effets if they are an inderferon-based treatment, but just because a side-effect is named as being common it does not mean a person will experience it.  It would be rare that a perosn would experience all of these side effects.  Common side effects include:

  • Flu like symptoms
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Joint and muscle aches
  • Sight problems or blurred vision
  • decreased appetite
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Insumnia
  • Irritability
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Hair loss
  • Itching

This is not an exhaustive list and again is not relevant to all the treatments available.


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