Management of hematologic and neuropsychiatric side effects in treatment of chronic HCV infection

Jason E. Farley, David J. Dial, Marguerite Littleton-Kearney

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Abstract

An estimated 4 million persons are infected with hepatitis C, making it the most common chronic viral infection in the United States. Combination antiviral therapy with pegylated interferon alpha 2a (α-2a) or alpha 2b (α-2b) with ribavirin (RBV) (combination therapy) has become the mainstay of current hepatitis C virus (HCV) therapy. Control of treatment-related side effects is crucial to successful completion of combination therapy. This article outlines these therapies and reviews the literature detailing appropriate strategies for symptom management of the most common hematologic and neuropsychiatric side effects experienced with combination therapy for HCV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-45
Number of pages8
JournalJournal for Nurse Practitioners
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2006

Keywords

  • HCV treatment
  • Hepatitis C
  • Symptom management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing

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