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Hepatitis CHepatitis C Treatment

Let's Talk About Treatment for Hepatitis C

You have some seriously effective options for managing symptoms—and a darn good chance at reaching remission, too.

    Our Pro PanelHepatitis C Treatment

    We went to some of the nation’s top hep C experts to bring you the most up-to-date information possible.

    Jesse P. Houghton, M.D.  headshot.

    Jesse P. Houghton, M.D. Senior Medical Director of Gastroenterology

    SOMC Gastroenterology Associates at Southern Ohio Medical Center
    Portsmouth, OH
    Suman Radhakrishna M.D. headshot.

    Suman Radhakrishna, M.D.Infectious Disease Physician

    CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center
    Los Angeles
    Lanla Conteh, M.D. headshot.

    Lanla Conteh, M.D.Clinical Assistant Professor of Hepatology and Gastroenterology

    The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
    Columbus, OH

    Frequently Asked QuestionsHepatitis C Treatment

    How do I know which treatment is best for me?

    Hep C is classified into six strains known as genotypes with several subtypes. Your doctor selects a treatment regimen based on your genotype, existing health conditions (diabetes, heart condition, etc.), and the medication you already take. Thanks to advancements in treatment research, there are some classes of medications (like DAAs) that work across all six genotypes.

    Are there side effects of Hep C treatment?

    While most of the new medicines used to treat hep C have the potential for common side effects like fatigue, headache, and nausea, some people report having no side effects at all. This is a huge step forward. Early treatments often caused side effects so severe they were comparable with chemotherapy.

    How long are hep C treatments?

    Most of the new DAA (direct-acting anti-viral) treatments last 8 to 12 weeks. But depending on your level of liver damage, you may need routine follow-up care to screen for liver disease and/or cancer.

    Will treatment cure my hep C?

    It’s very possible that sticking to a treatment regimen will cure your hep C infection. For example, direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) have been found to cure patients with the hepatitis C virus at a rate of more than 90%.

    • Liver Transplant: Mayo Clinic. (2019). “Hepatitis C”. mayoclinic.org

    • Total People with Hepatitis C: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2019). “How Common Is Hepatitis C?” hhs.gov

    • Complementary Treatment: Liver Foundation. “What About Complementary Therapies?” liverfoundation.org

    • Medication Options: Liver Foundation. (2018). “Medication Regimens According to HCV Genotype”. liverfoundation.org

    • Cost Concerns of DAAs: University of Washington. (2018). “Cost and Access to Direct-Acting Antiviral Agents”. hepatitisc.uw.edu

    • Effectiveness of DAAs: NCBI. (2018). “Safety and Effectiveness of Direct Acting Antivirals”. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

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