Hepatitis C: An In-Depth Guide

Flu-like symptoms

With flu-like symptoms, your muscles may feel sore and your joints may ache. Fever, swollen glands and chills often follow. There may also be excessive sweating at night during sleep.


Flu-like symptoms are common with hepatitis C. Peg-interferon may also cause flu-like symptoms, but in most cases these symptoms lessen after two or three weeks of taking the drug.


  • Ask your doctor about painkillers such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil (ibuprofen). Carefully follow dosage directions because even over-the-counter medications can damage your liver if you use them too much.


 Drink plenty of water.

 Apply heat or ice packs (wrapped in a towel) to areas where you ache.

 Since flu-like symptoms are linked to peg-interferon, timing your peg-interferon injection close to bedtime may let you sleep through the worst of the discomfort.