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How to do treatment involving interferon and ribavirin

Taking interferon and ribavirin treatment requires a significant commitment of time and effort. It is very different from just taking a couple of aspirin to relieve a headache. It involves lots of trips to hospital spread out over many months, and a lot of medical tests. You also may or may not experience side effects. So, if you’re going to put that much into it, you’ll want to give yourself the best chance of it working. As well as trying to ensure that it works, it is worthwhile trying to make it as bearable as possible.

This section looks at how you can prepare best yourself for treatment, mentally, physically and practically. It will also look at tips designed to help you organise your life around it and at ways of minimising and coping with any side effects you might experience.