Thanks to Sharky00, Paul, Sabrecat, GAJ & Vororo for all your input re Ribavirin. Paul, I laughed out loud at your story of putting the Riba in the bin & having to rescue it...
I've slept on it, and this morning I watched this video again, it's a valuable survey of the arguments for & against including Ribavirin in treatment.
He focuses on G3 at 9.20, and there's an interesting bit about Riba resistance at 12.20.
I've decided to stop taking Ribavirin, for the following reasons:
1. horrible sides, bordering on unbearable, both physical & psychological
2. marginal (at best) to zero gains, especially given that I'm not cirrhotic
I can review this when I have my 2 week & 4 week bloods depending on how the viral load is looking.
GAJ, in answer to your question, how did I handle Peg/Riba first time round? Well, I did the 24 weeks, it was no fun, but then (late 2014) there was no alternative available to me, plus I was buoyed along by knowing that I was UND from week 4, so it was working. The sides that I'm experiencing now are very reminiscent of first time round (rage/depression, skincrawl, feeling like s**t), but they weren't consistent first time round, they came & went. The difference now is that I know there IS an alternative (Sof/Dac) which is highly likely to cure me, which makes it that much harder to put up with the Riba.
Good luck to all of you doing treatment.