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Forum Name: Liver Diseases

Question: Hep C- Platelet count and Eltrombopag

 capealava - Sat Sep 05, 2009 8:55 pm

I have hep c Genotype 3a. I am experiencing increasing fatigue, mental fog, body, muscle and joint pain. I am 62 yrs old have decided to seek interferon treatment. I have no insurance so I will have to pay out of pocket(better than dying). My platelet count is 70,000 under the 100,000 recommended for interferon treatment. Will this present a problem-if so what would be the cost and probable time frame to increase my platelet count through Eltrombopag treatment. Also I have trouble sleeping and the body pains are close to intolerable- I do not have a doctor at this time- so I am thinking of a walk in clinic to obtain something like ambien and viciprofen (no Acetaminophen) for sleep and pains.Do you see this as acceptable medication for these symptoms.
 Dr.M.Aroon kamath - Mon Oct 19, 2009 8:17 am

User avatar Hi,
Eltrombopag treatment has definitely been shown to increase the platelet counts - but the rate at which this happens is not very clear.Response rates achieved vary between studies and depending on the underlying condition(ITP/Hepatitis-C).
In your case (based on the various reports), one may expect your platelet count to touch 100,000 in approximately 3-4 weeks.
Hope this info is useful to you.Good luck!

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