It's been quite awhile since I was on here. Back in November---I believe. My husband decided to put off Interferon treatment until after the holidays. Figured I'd drop everything and relax until the big event.
We were told by the doctor that we could resubmit for treatment in January in order to start treatment in February. With much fooling around(I'd rather say something else but won't--I'm too much of a lady) around for 1 month, I finally called (put on hold, hung up on and not called back)and had to act pissy only to find out that we didn't NEED to submit a request for treatment as it's covered under our "pharmicuetical portion" of our insurance. Well, why in the Sam-Hill did they wait for me to call rather than calling me on February 4th--the point when they knew that? DUH!
Back in October when I told the doctor about reading up on the Pegasys and could my husband try it...he said "fine, whatever you want" so...........
Our appointment is this Friday and it seems we can steer this doctor in any direction we want(he's just excited hubby is going through with treatment) so what do you suggest my husband try. I'm getting vibes from this board that it's not good to change drugs in mid-stream so I want to start out with the right one.
As a reminder he's Geno2. Liver is a 1. Age 45. He's had the virus for 20+ years. Never heard anything about viral load but plan to ask on Friday.
Also, do you suggest taking the anti-depressants right away? Should hubby wait and see how it goes first? Work for him is very, very stressful right now so I'm very concerned about this issue.
Anyone finding the medication a financial hardship. We were in a panic when we heard $1,000.00 per month but a friend said it wasn't that much. Hubby and I discussed this as our insurance, Blue Cross, does not cover any meds that are non-generic. We will be paying full price and don't want to be too surprised when we have to buy our first batch!!!!! On the other hand, how much is a longer life worth?
Thanks for all your help. Everyone here is so helpful and I believe it will be the place to go to help me keep my sanity.
The following user gives a hug of support to DirtDiva: luyingjie (01-25-2012)
DD- Welcome back girl, we missed you, I have been taken the Pegasys, with exellent results,and sides, as are others with pegasys, many of us into the 5 or 6 weeks still have no sides,
The Pegasys is a heavier drug recipe, then the peg-intron, which means it stays in your body longer, and it is also a actual different recipe, resulting in less side effects, the two drugs being the same are quite diffrerent.
Pegasys was my first choice for quite some time, even before it was made public, when I got wind of it, in its study trials, because it was having such good end results and sides,in my own opinion, nothing comes close to Pegasys, for sides.
hope to hear more from you now,
Be positive, be well +