Interferon Caused Autoimmune Problems

Back in 1996, on the recommendation of a gastroenterologist, I went on interferon (IFN) for hep C for stage 0-1. I had no symptoms.

I started having very bad labs, and all my enzymes went up instead of down. I had to quit after three months. Then, an autoimmune panel showed up AMA, ANA, and other autoimmune markers for rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, etc. I went on a very high dose of prednisone for a year and a half and then a drug called Imuran for six months. Over a few years my enzymes normalized, but I still have autoimmune markers to this day. I’m 68 now and terrified to take Harvoni and risk more problems.

This article represents the opinions, thoughts, and experiences of the author; none of this content has been paid for by any advertiser. The team does not recommend or endorse any products or treatments discussed herein. Learn more about how we maintain editorial integrity here.

Join the conversation

Please read our rules before commenting.