During your treatment, it's very important to attend all of your study visits and appointments with your healthcare provider. This will help them monitor your progress, and make any necessary changes to your treatment plan.
Also, be sure to bring in your prescription bottles with the special caps each time you come in for a visit. The information from these caps will help the researchers know how well you are doing with taking your medications.
We understand that participating in a study is a big commitment and you may wonder if it's worth all the work. Let us assure you that the healthcare providers and researchers involved with this study are committed to taking care of you as an individual. The information that we gain from the Virahep-C study will hopefully help all people with hepatitis C, including you. If you do get rid of the virus with the medications, you and your liver can remain healthy for years to come.
Remember, you are in complete control of your healthcare. You are welcome to ask questions at any time, and discuss any problems you are experiencing.
If you are having any trouble keeping up with the medications or with your appointments, take a few minutes today to talk to your healthcare providers about it. They are here to help.
There are a few other things to remember as you continue with your treatment. First, that alcohol and hepatitis C don't mix. Second, that people on combination therapy should use 2 forms of birth control during the study, and for 6 months afterwards. Third, keep the medications out of the reach of children. These medicines can be dangerous to children.
When you get home tonight please take a moment to reward yourself by doing something you like, like calling a friend, renting a video, or eating something special for dinner. Make the most of it -- you deserve it.
Here's to you. As the famous singer Ella Fitzgerald once said, "It isn't where you came from, it's where you're going that counts."