Greg Jefferys Hepatitis C blog deals with all the issues associated with hepatitis C
The big concern that most people have about their Hep C treatment is the risk of relapse. That is the risk of the treatment failing.
Hepatitis C treatments with the new drugs has a very high cure rate but a portion of all people treated do fail.
The rate of failed Hep C treatments is between 3% and 5% depending on the genotype and other factors.
Hep C treatment failure is not random or unlucky. There are always reasons.
One of the most common reasons for the failure of treatment with the new drugs is when people take certain supplements during treatment that interfere with the new Hep C drugs actions.
Certain herbs and supplements cause the production of enzymes in the body that speed up the removal of the new Hep C drugs from the body, thus resulting in UNDER-DOSING (the opposite of over-dosing)
So the important thing to consider when doing Hep C treatment are these things called CYP Enzymes.
CYP Enzymes are produced by the liver to remove certain toxins, particularly drugs, from the blood. Certain herbs cause the liver to increase the production of the CYP enzymes (the enzymes that break down DAAs). This means certain herbs will speed up the rate that the Hep C medicine is removed from your body.
This helps the virus survive and increases the chance of the treatment failing.
We don’t know all the herbs that have this effect so its wise to avoid all herbs during treatment. Once the Hep C treatment is complete going onto a herbal program to help the liver regenerate is fine. Many people report milk thistle to have been helpful.