Depression and Hepatitis C

Psychologically speaking, depression is a disorder where the mind is overwhelmed by the feeling of sadness and grief that may manifest in the form of physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms. Often, persistent health conditions, like Hepatitis C, can aggravate such feelings.

It is unclear why some people with hepatitis C suffer from depression, though it may attributed to the virus hindering the chemicals in the brain. People who have been successfully treated for hepatitis C have frequently reported absence of depression after treatment. Nevertheless, consulting a psychologist or psychiatrist is advisable if the depressive feeling is continuing or is too powerful. Especially when the thoughts are suicidal in nature, one must seek professional help without any delay.

If a proposed hepatitis C treatment includes peginterferon and/or ribavirin, it may cause depression or at times, mood swings. Luckily the latest medicines, the direct-acting antivirals (or DAAS), have completely transformed the way hepatitis C is treated, doing away with interferon and ribavirin, reducing the risk of depression.DAAs have milder side effects, cut short the treatment period and carry low risk of depression, even when used with ribavirin.

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Sharing the details of mental illness or depression, if any, with your doctor before the treatment commences is essential – especially where interferon is a part of the proposed treatment. Studies have shown the effectiveness of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants such as fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil) and sertraline (Zoloft) in treating depression linked to interferon.

Keep both the doctor as well as the mental health professional informed if any supplements or natural herbs are being consumed by you as some of them obstruct the drugs used to treat hepatitis C. For example, if Daklinza, Harvoni, Sovaldi or other DAAS are taken, then St John’s wort should not be consumed.


Surcation® is already helping patients whose insurance doesn’t cover the cost of Harvoni® with medical tourism. If you chose the similar treatment in the US, it costs between $84,000 and $95,000 just for the medication. If you are approved by your insurance, you still have today’s high deductibles and co-pays. You pay just $6800 when you chose hepatitis medical tourism with Surcation®. You can bring your spouse along for a total price is $6,400. Our clients are offered the best treatment available provided by world renowned doctors at a fraction of the cost. Surcation® offers medical financing if needed.


Call 928-328-8909 to get helpful information, a Hep C guide, and facts about managing Hep C.

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