Hepatitis C: Interferon Causing Depression?

Hepatitis C infection by source (CDC) - en

Copyright 2012, Written by Will Blesch

Apparently, those suffering from a Hepatitis C infection are prone to depression. This is a problem, especially considering the fact that a new study published in the International Journal of Interferon, Cytokine and Mediator Research, shows that interferon, a standard treatment for Hepatitis C infection, can actually BE a cause of depression.

Sounds lovely doesn’t it? You’ve got a Hepatitis C infection, and that by itself is enough to bring on true, clinical depression, and now we learn that one of the drugs  designed to fight the Hepatitis virus can cause depression too!

It seems if you’re infected with HCV, you are in for a triple whammy. Boom! You have a virus that can kill your liver. Boom! Depression is known to accompany HCV infection. Boom! One of the drugs meant to help you has depression as a side effect.

This is very heavy stuff.  Why?

Because, according to the researchers, suicide has become a major concern for those treating Hepatitis C patients. Any patient who has a personal or family history of mood disorders, depression, or suicidal thoughts “should be carefully interviewed and referred to a specialist for assessment of suicide risk and treatment of the underlying disorder before treatment with interferon can be considered.”

Obviously new, innovative drugs and treatments need to be developed. However,  right now there are some natural products on the market that claim to boost the immune system and help target the latent Hepatitis C virus without the side effects sported by interferon.

It’s been said that if you can lower the actual numbers of latent (dormant or sleeping) virus in your body, you won’t develop the symptoms of disease that active viruses can cause.

It’s pretty easy to do a google search on broad range, natural antivirals. As long as there are no side effects, what’s the harm in trying something natural? It might not cure you…but it sure won’t harm you either.

So what’s the risk?

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Depression and pegylated interferon-based hepatitis C treatment
Author: Papafragkakis H — Rao MS — Moehlen M — Dhillon S — Martin P Journal: International Journal of Interferon, Cytokine and Mediator Research Year: 2012 Vol: 2012

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