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Pegasys Study Authors Conclude that Patients Successfully Treated,for Hepatitis C Can be Considered ''Cured''

t common side effects of PEGASYS and COPEGUS are:

-- Flu-like symptoms (including fever, chills, muscle aches, joint pain, headaches)

-- Tiredness

-- Upset stomach (like nausea, taste changes, diarrhea)

-- Blood sugar problems (may lead to diabetes)

-- Skin problems (like rash, dry or itchy skin, redness and swelling at injection site)

-- Hair loss (temporary)

-- Trouble sleeping

The most serious side effects of PEGASYS and COPEGUS are:

-- Risks to pregnancies

-- Mental health problems (such as irritability, depression, anxiety, aggressiveness, trouble with drug addiction or overdose, thoughts about suicide, suicide attempts, suicide and thoughts about homicide)

-- Blood problems (like a drop in blood cells leading to increased risk for infections, bleeding and/or heart or circulatory problems)

-- Infections (which sometimes cause death)

-- Lung problems (like trouble breathing, pneumonia)

-- Eye problems (like blurred vision, loss of vision)

-- Autoimmune problems (such as psoriasis, thyroid problems)

-- Heart problems (including chest pain and, rarely, a heart attack)

-- Liver problems (rarely, liver function worsens). Patients with both the hepatitis C virus and HIV can have an increased chance of having liver failure during PEGASYS treatment. Change in a blood test that measures liver inflammation occurs more often in patients with hepatitis B. If you have a rise in this blood test you may need to be watched more closely with additional blood tests.

Tell your doctor immediately if you think you or your partner may be pregnant or if any of these symptoms occur.

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