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.

Cause

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.

Treatment

  • 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.

Tips

 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.