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Forum Name: Liver Diseases

Question: Side effects of Interferon B treating Hepatitis C

 CuriousAboutInterferon - Wed Apr 04, 2007 7:54 pm

It would be very, very helpful if someone could tell me about the side-effects of treating Hepatitis-C with Interferon-B. I am particularly interested in the effect on the patient's cognitive functions while undergoing treatment. How pronounced is the effect on memory, concentration, etc.? Also, how long after the treatment is completed does cognitive functioning return to normal?

Finally, is there some information related to this that is available on the web?

Thanks in advance.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sat Apr 14, 2007 8:04 pm

User avatar Interferon alpha 2b is well known to have some neuropsychiatric side effects. These include confusion, mood swings, and fatigue. Depression is possible that can be quite severe, even leading to suicidal ideations. This is more common in those with a history of depression before starting the medicine.

These symptoms often will go away after treatment is stopped but it may take several days to weeks.

Best wishes.

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