Hepatitis C: An In-Depth Guide

Headache

About 40 to 60 percent of patients will experience headache ranging from mild to severe, but for most people it is a mild headache that comes and goes.

Cause

Headaches are a side effect of peg-interferon.

Treatment

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

Tips

Drink water frequently.

Avoid bright lights and loud noises by sitting or lying down in a quiet, darkened room.

Avoid dehydrating drinks such as alcohol or liquids with caffeine in them.

Put a damp, cool cloth on the back of your neck or forehead. Alternatively, you may find a warm compress works better for you.