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Hello All,

Here is an interesting piece of information that has been floating around the Internet since last summer. It has to do with cholesterol lowering drugs, (atorvastatin, fluvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin and simvastatin), and their effect on lowering the HC virus.

Apparently, these drugs, along with interferon, may be a more effective therapy than interferon and ribavirin. The irony of this treatment is that statins have a negative impact on the liver but the level of this impact is not readily known with people with HCV.

For the longest time it was believed that people with chronic liver problems should not take statins this, however, is now changing. Doctors are being encouraged to prescribe these drugs to people with chronic liver problems because it is thought the value they have at lowering cholesterol far out weighs the negative impact they have on the liver.

My doctor has had me on and off simavastatin (Zocor) for several years. Shortly after reading about the positive effects of statins at preventing the replication of the HC virus I had my doctor measure my viral load. Well, surprise surprise, the level had gone from 1.8 million parts down to 450,000 parts.

Now here is an interesting observation. Right after this my doctor once again took me off the statin and within 6 months the viral load was on its way back up (load = 750,000). Well, I had him put me back on the statins. It will be interesting to see if the viral load drops again. By the way, I am not taking interferon just the statin.

ERK

Do a search on statins and hepatitis C to read some interesting findings.
[QUOTE=erk;2819150]Hello All,

Here is an interesting piece of information that has been floating around the Internet since last summer. It has to do with cholesterol lowering drugs, (atorvastatin, fluvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin and simvastatin), and their effect on lowering the HC virus.

Apparently, these drugs, along with interferon, may be a more effective therapy than interferon and ribavirin. The irony of this treatment is that statins have a negative impact on the liver but the level of this impact is not readily known with people with HCV.

For the longest time it was believed that people with chronic liver problems should not take statins this, however, is now changing. Doctors are being encouraged to prescribe these drugs to people with chronic liver problems because it is thought the value they have at lowering cholesterol far out weighs the negative impact they have on the liver.

My doctor has had me on and off simavastatin (Zocor) for several years. Shortly after reading about the positive effects of statins at preventing the replication of the HC virus I had my doctor measure my viral load. Well, surprise surprise, the level had gone from 1.8 million parts down to 450,000 parts.

Now here is an interesting observation. Right after this my doctor once again took me off the statin and within 6 months the viral load was on its way back up (load = 750,000). Well, I had him put me back on the statins. It will be interesting to see if the viral load drops again. By the way, I am not taking interferon just the statin.

ERK

Do a search on statins and hepatitis C to read some interesting findings.