What Are New Treatments for Hepatitis C?


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As of 2015, the most recent treatment for hepatitis C is Harvoni, a daily pill that provides a cure for most people within 12 weeks. Harvoni combines sofosbuvir and ledipasvir. Clinical trials have found that fatigue and headache are the two most frequent side effects, as stated by WebMD.

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What Are New Treatments for Hepatitis C?
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Some other options include combining sofosbuvir, simeprevir, telaprevir, boceprevir and a package containing ritonavir, dasabuvir, paritaprevir and ombitasvir. Interferon (via injection) and ribavirin are two other alternatives, according to WebMD.

Ribavirin or interferon used to be the primary treatment protocol for hepatitis C. The side effects of these medicines can include flu-like symptoms, fatigue, skin rash, anemia, depression, anxiety, diarrhea and nausea, notes WebMD.

Hepatitis C does not always present with symptoms, so patients may not know they are sick. People who received blood from a donor with hepatitis C, have ever injected drugs, received an organ transplant or blood transfusion before July 1992, have HIV, or received a blood product designed to treat clotting before 1987 should be tested for hepatitis C. Others who need to undergo testing for the disease include those born between 1945 and 1965, those who have been through long-term kidney dialysis, and people born to a mother with hepatitis C. People with hepatitis C may undergo a liver biopsy to test for damage, states WebMD.

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