Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsInfectious Diseases · 1 decade ago

What medications were used to treat hepatitis during WWII?

My father-in-law is retired from the Army & is applying to the VA to receive benefits for Parkinson's disease. He claims the Army treated him for hepatitis at one point, & is trying to find out if any of the medications (or routine vaccines, for that matter) they might have given him would have caused Parkinson's-like symptoms to appear later in life.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    In WWII, there was a positive association found between relapses and early ambulation. Three controlled studies showed that patients treated with a high-protein diet and prolonged bed rest fared better than those on an ad lib rest and diet. Based on the results of this study, recommendations for the treatment of acute infectious hepatitis were made to the Surgeon General of the Armed Forces. These recommendations included: ad lib rest after symptoms dissipate, high-calorie protein rich diet, and resumption of vigorous activity after bilirubin levels drop below 1.5 mg/100 mL. It remains unclear whether these recommendations were implemented in military policy. Treatment for acute hepatitis caused by HAV was supportive in nature because no antiviral therapy was available.

    Hepatitis A was separated from Hepatitis B in 1945 by Neefe and Stokes et al, following transmission to volunteers in 1944.

    Hepatitis B virus was discovered by Dr. Blumberg in 1967, for which he won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1976.

    In 1988 Hepatitis C virus was confirmed and in April of 1989 the discovery of the virus was re-named hepatitis C virus (HCV).

    The Hepatitis D virus was discovered by Dr. Mario Rizzetto in 1977. However, Hepatitis D requires the presence of the Hepatitis B virus in order to cause an infection. The hepatitis D virus is therefore called a "defective" virus. It cannot infect the liver without Hepatitis B.

    Hepatitis E was discovered by Dr, Robert Purcell in the late 1970’s and a vaccine was produced and tested between 2000 to 2004 and found to be effective

    Hepatitis G was discovered in 1996 at the Abbott Laboratories.

    Parkinson caused by the antipsychotic drugs has been recognized since the early 1950s. These drugs include the older major tranquilizers such as Haldol, Prolixin, Stelazine and Thorazine, the newer major antipsychotic drugs such as Risperdal, Orap, and Zyprexa, and drugs used for nausea, vomiting, and acid reflux such as Compazine and Reglan. The drugs have in common an ability to block dopamine receptors in the brain. In effect, they cause Parkinson symptoms by making the receptors unavailable to the brain's own dopamine.


    The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    The treatment options are determined by the type of hepatitis present, and whether the infection is acute or chronic.

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  • Claire
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Medications most often used to treat chronic hepatitis C include: Peginterferon and other interferons, which are similar to a protein produced by your body that boosts its natural defenses. Combination antiviral therapy with interferons and ribavirin, which help prevent the virus from reproducing in the body. Ribavirin may be used in people older than age 3 to treat hepatitis C. The most effective treatment for HIV is highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART)—a combination of several antiretroviral drugs that aims to control the amount of virus in your body. Other steps you can take include keeping your immune system strong, taking drugs as prescribed, and monitoring your CD4+ (white blood cells) counts to slow the multiplication of the virus in your body. HAART drugs that are most often used to treat HIV infection include: Nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs), also called nucleoside analogs, such as zidovudine (ZDV, formerly AZT) and stavudine (d4T). These drugs are often combined with other drugs for best results. Nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs), such as efavirenz, nevirapine, or delavirdine. Nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitors, such as tenofovir. Protease inhibitors (PIs), such as atazanavir, saquinavir, ritonavir, indinavir, nelfinavir, fosamprenavir, or lopinavir/ritonavir. Fusion inhibitors, such as enfuvirtide. This is a new class of drugs for treating HIV. Other drugs that may be used to treat HIV or AIDS-related conditions include cytokines, such as interferon alfa-2a and interferon alfa-2b.

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  • 1 decade ago

    No treatment was available.

    Symptoms were treated only.

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