D U R I N G P E G Y L A T E D I N T E R F E R O N T H E R A P Y
Coping with fatigue and insomnia
Fatigue is the most commonly reported side effect for patients taking interferon therapy. Fortunately,
this feeling of excessive tiredness occurs most often at the beginning of treatment and lessens with time.
Other common symptoms are difficulty falling asleep or trouble staying asleep. Obviously, lack of sleep
leads to more fatigue.
Don’t wear yourself out! It is important to remember that rest is key to having a successful treatment
experience. And make sure you report any feelings of depression, mood swings, stress, panic attacks,
fatigue or insomnia to your healthcare provider.
Next time you find yourself overtired or unable to sleep, try some of these helpful tips.
TIPS FOR FATIGUE
TIPS FOR INSOMNIA
Sleeping well is critical, not just for Hep C therapy, but in life. When you don’t sleep well, your whole
world can feel like it’s upside down. If you are having trouble with these or any other side effects,
please talk with your healthcare provider. He or she may be able to help. It’s better to address the
problem early, rather than later.
• Exercise during the day, but refrain from exercise
at least 4 hours before bedtime
• Limit daytime naps
• Take warm baths, read or listen to soothing
music before bedtime
• Talk with your healthcare provider about
prescription and nonprescription sleep agents
• Keep a journal. It may help you recognize specific
areas for change, such as limiting daytime naps
• Limit caffeine and alcohol
• Maintain a regular sleep schedule. Sleep only
• Try relaxation techniques such as massage or
aromatherapy, and listen to relaxation tapes
• Reduce noise at bedtime
• Limit fluid intake and avoid heavy meals close
• Have foods and beverages that contain
tryptophan (a natural sleep agent), such as
turkey or milk
• Take your interferon medication at bedtime
• Drink plenty of fluids. Increasing fluid intake may
help you feel less tired
• Maintain healthy overall nutrit