Digestive Diseases and Sciences

, Volume 52, Issue 12, pp 3418–3422

Long-Term Treatment with the Combination of Amantadine and Ribavirin in Hepatitis C Nonresponders. A Case Series

Authors

    • Department of MedicinePenn State University, The Hershey Medical Center
  • Mohammad R. Taheri
    • Penn State UniversityThe Hershey Medical Center
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10620-007-9762-z

Cite this article as:
Riley, T.R. & Taheri, M.R. Dig Dis Sci (2007) 52: 3418. doi:10.1007/s10620-007-9762-z

Abstract

In this report, we describe five cases of chronic hepatitis C that have been treated with the combination of amantadine and ribavirin for an average of 44 months, emphasizing one case where the patient showed improvement in liver biopsy after treatment, worsening on removal, then a repeated improvement with re-initiation. The five patients in this report belong to a pool of sixty patients from a 6 month pilot study using amantadine and ribavirin where treatment was subsequently continued. The mean ALT was 82.8±32 U/L pre-treatment and 33.8±17.3 U/L post-treatment (p=0.02). The mean Knodell score was 7±1 pre-treatment and 3.6±1.5 post-treatment (p=0.13). The mean viral load was 584,155±248,027 lU/ml pre-treatment and 225,878±190,143 IU/ml post-treatment (p=0.05). In this case series we provide provocative data on the long-term use of ribavirin and amantadine in the HCV non-responder.

Keywords

Hepatitis CNonresponderAmantadineRibavirinTreatment

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