The most common treatment for hepatitis C involves changing the patient’s lifestyle and combining two or more medications, explains the United Kingdom's National Health Service. This combination therapy takes between 12 and 48 weeks, depending on the exact medicines administered.
Lifestyle changes include eating a healthy and balanced diet, quitting smoking, exercising regularly, avoiding sharing sharp objects such as needles and syringes, and cutting down alcohol intake, reports the NHS. The combination therapy primarily involves pegylated interferon and ribavirin. Pegylated interferon is a weekly injection, whereas patients take ribavirin twice a day. Ribavirin comes in capsules, tablets or as an oral solution. Other third party integrated medicines include simeprevir, daclatasvir, ombitasvir, sofosbuvir and paritaprevir.