What Are Some Hepatitis C Treatments?


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Some of the most common hepatitis C treatments include the medications Harvoni, sofosbuvir, simeprevir, telaprevir and boceprevir, according to WebMD. Other options include ribavirin and the injection interferon.

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What Are Some Hepatitis C Treatments?
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The once-daily pill Harvoni combines two medications, sofosbuvir and ledipasvir, to cure most patients of hepatitis C in eight to 12 weeks, as confirmed by WebMD. Clinical trials reveal headache and fatigue as the most common side effects as of 2015. Although ribavirin and interferon used to be the most popular hepatitis C treatments, they are associated with numerous side effect including anemia, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, anxiety, nausea and depression. Other side effects of hepatitis C medications include hair loss, trouble thinking and nervousness. Several fatal incidents involving a serious skin rash resulting from combination treatments with telaprevir have been reported to the FDA.

Treatments for hepatatis C have proven successful for both acute and chronic infections, and receiving treatment for an acute infection decreases the patient's risk of developing a chronic infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Both types of infection respond to the same treatment methods. Around 25 percent of acute infections and 15 to 25 percent of total infections go away on their own with no treatment.

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