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    Old 10-05-2006, 08:57 PM   #1
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    Extremely high viral load.

    Hi, I have a chronic hepatitis B infection and I got back my viral count:

    1,176,000,000 copies/ml

    I'm no expert, but I see people's in the hundred thousands and such and mines is in the billions. I'm extremely worried. My AST and ALT levels are high, about 80 and 130 respectively on the average. Everything else is fine, my prothrombin time is normal, albumin is fine, bilirubin, alkaline phosphatase, etc.

    I've been going through an amazing amount of fatigue though for the past 9 months, but one of my doctors say I have a healthy liver...despite having HBV for 23 years.

    Has anyone ever had this high of a blood count and got relief? I'm currently on Lamivudine 150mg and I will get an HBV vaccine.

     
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    Old 08-17-2007, 07:22 PM   #2
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    Re: Extremely high viral load.

    Are you sure thats right? You are saying you have over 1 billionviral load! Mine shot up to 25 million but I can't imagine over 1 billion!

     
    Old 09-05-2007, 04:14 PM   #3
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    Re: Extremely high viral load.

    Trust me, I'm a math major. It's billion alright.

    I don't know how it got that high...but it is that high. Just after a couple of months of epivir it went down to 1.6 million. But I didn't feel any better though.

     
    Old 09-05-2007, 07:18 PM   #4
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    Re: Extremely high viral load.

    What is epivir? Mine shot up from 500,000. to 7 million in about 18 months. I don't know but I would recheck that to see if there is a typo.

     
    Old 09-05-2007, 08:21 PM   #5
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    Re: Extremely high viral load.

    I think i know what it is now. Where did you get treated by this drug? Do you know the full name? Is it the new drug? Did they combine it with rib or interfuron?

     
    Old 09-06-2007, 02:08 PM   #6
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    Re: Extremely high viral load.

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    I think i know what it is now. Where did you get treated by this drug? Do you know the full name? Is it the new drug? Did they combine it with rib or interfuron?
    The generic name is lamivudine. It's odd though, the 150mg dose costs $200 roughly, while the 100mg dose (labeled as Epivir-HBV) is $300. So what I do is buy the $200 version and cut them up to 100mg to get a 45 day supply. But that was when I didn't have insurance.

    The drug is not new, it's the oldest antiviral drug on the market used to treat HBV. But no, you do not combine it...you don't need to.

     
    Old 09-12-2007, 07:20 AM   #7
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    Re: Extremely high viral load.

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    The generic name is lamivudine. It's odd though, the 150mg dose costs $200 roughly, while the 100mg dose (labeled as Epivir-HBV) is $300. So what I do is buy the $200 version and cut them up to 100mg to get a 45 day supply. But that was when I didn't have insurance.

    The drug is not new, it's the oldest antiviral drug on the market used to treat HBV. But no, you do not combine it...you don't need to.
    What made them stop using it or is it still used a lot? I guess I just never heard of it. And you just use them alone? wow.

     
    Old 10-30-2007, 12:09 AM   #8
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    Exclamation Re: Extremely high viral load.

    I had acute HBV this past February - contracted from my now husband and when he was tested in Feb his was 300,000,000 million. Just in August he was tested again to confirm Chronic HBV and his viral load was 414,000,000 - yes 414 million. His alt and alk phos are above normal but have actually gone down 2 or 3 points since Feb. The Gastroenterologist we are seeing is somewhat confused since his viral count is so extremely high and getting higher, his blood tests show minimally raised enzymes and his liver biopsy came back only slightly inflamed. So...we are on our way to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL to see a specialist and determine if Hepsera is the right drug for him AND to see if we can figure out what is going on with my husband. My acute case has since cleared up and I have received 2 of 3 vaccine shots to help me develop antibodies (after my acute HBV cleared up I had not developed antibodies) as we would like to start a family and we are currently practicing safe sex so I don't contract it again.

    In reference to the poster that says they have had HBV for 23 years, so you mind my inquiring as to your age/when you got it/your current liver condition? I am curious as to what to expect as my husband just turned 36 and is worried about liver cancer and all of the other worries that go along with chronic HBV. Since we just got married this past July, I think his biggest concern is longevity and being around for me and our children.

    thanks

     
    Old 10-30-2007, 08:21 PM   #9
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    Re: Extremely high viral load.

    So how did you get it from your now husband? Does he have hep c? If not what does he have? My viral load shot up crazy too....and only in about eighteen months too. I already said that. I am now post tx six months and my alt and ast or whatever it is what 260 give or take when I started treatment and lowered immediatly to 65's or so during tx. As soon as I stopped tx they went to 22 and 24 which 0 to 40 is normal. I just went today and got my three mth post blood work back. They look great. Wow. I just pray it does not return.

     
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