Treatment of Hepatitis
Information about Entecavir
Entecavir is a powerful antiviral drug treatment for hepatitis B. Here is information on side effects, cost, effectiveness and warnings.
Information about Tenofovir
Tenofovir is a powerful antiviral drug treatment for hepatitis B. Here is information on side effects, cost, effectiveness and warnings.
Information about Lamivudine
Lamivudine is a powerful antiviral drug treatment for hepatitis B. Here is information on side effects, cost, effectiveness and warnings.
Chronic Hepatitis B Drugs
Chronic hepatitis B has several approved drugs for treatment. Here are hepatitis B drugs and some of their pros and cons.
Herbal Medicine and Liver Damage
Herbs are a popular alternative treatment for many conditions, including types of liver disease. However, just because a remedy comes from a plant and has been around for a long time doesn't make it safe. Here are seven medicinal herbs, traditionally used around the world, that are known to cause liver damage.
Riba Rage - Hepatitis Treatment and Riba Rage
Are you surprised to learn that the treatment side-effects called "Riba Rage" are actually caused from taking interferon or peginterferon, not from ribavirin? How have you been affected by Riba Rage?
Milk thistle and Hepatitis - Why Do You Take Milk Thistle for…
Milk thistle is a popular folk remedy for treating liver disease, but there's no conclusive evidence that it's effective for treating chronic hepatitis. Why do you take milk thistle?
Foods for Hepatitis - Which Foods Help Hepatitis
Even though a nutritious diet for someone with chronic hepatitis is very similar to someone's diet without hepatitis, some people have different opinions. What foods helps or hurts your liver disease?
Information about Milk Thistle
Milk thistle is popular for treating chronic hepatitis. Here are answers to the most asked questions about what milk thistle is and how it works.
Hepatitis C Treatment
Treating hepatitis C with peginterferon and ribavirin delay or prevent complications like cirrhosis and liver cancer, but have powerful side effects and doesn't work well for some virus genotypes.
Information About Ribavirin
Ribavirin is a powerful antiviral drug treatment for hepatitis C. Here is information on side effects, cost, effectiveness and warnings.
Information about Peginterferon
Peginterferon is a powerful antiviral drug treatment for chronic hepatitis B and C. Here is information on side effects, costs, effectiveness and warnings.
What Is a "Pegylated" Drug?
Pegylated interferon is a powerful chronic hepatitis therapy. It's the "pegylation" that makes it so effective. Here's a short description of why "pegylation" is so useful.
What Are the Side Effects of Peginterferon Treatment?
There are many side effects from peginterferon treatment. Here are the most common.
Side Effects from Taking Pegasys
There are many side effects from treatment of chronic hepatitis with Pegasys. All drugs have side effects and this medication is a powerful treatment for chronic hepatitis. Here is a complete list of side effects.
What Are the Side Effects of Ribavirin Treatment?
There are many side effects from ribavirin. Here are the most common side effects when treating hepatitis C with ribavirin and interferon.
Will You Need a Liver Transplant?
Liver transplantation is the best treatment for some patients with acute or chronic liver disease that is progressive, life-threatening and unable to be successfully treated with alternative therapies. Liver transplantation has about a 90% one-year survival rate and thousands of people are benefiting from this procedure in the United States and worldwide every year.
What Is Immune Globulin?
Immune globulin (IG) is a powerful therapy for treating hepatitis A and hepatitis B. IG, however, has limitations. This article discusses the uses of IG for treating HAV and HBV infections.
Immune Globulin for Hepatitis A
Immune globulin can be used to prevent hepatitis A or even treat hepatitis A after an exposure. Find out how hepatitis A immune globulin can help you.
Five Easy Ways to Look Out for Yourself
What can we do to help protect ourselves from possible mistakes in the doctor's office, clinic or hospital? Some mistakes are beyond our control and as patients seeking medical care, we often have to trust our providers. However, here are five easy ways to help look after yourself.
What is a Sustained Virologic Response or "SVR"?
Sustained Virologic Response is the closest you'll get to a cure from hepatitis C. If you reach SVR, this means that you are virus free six months after treatment ends, and this is a good thing! Let's look at SVR a little more closely.
Overview of Hepatitis Treatment
There are many treatments for hepatitis but which one your physician will use depends on the type of disease. This article describes some of the most common therapies.
I Have Cirrhosis. Should I Eat A Special Diet?
People with cirrhosis may need a special diet because of complications like ascites and hypoglycemia, but good advice is to eat a healthful diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and proteins of proper types and in appropriate amounts.
What is the difference between Peginterferon alfa 2a & 2b?
Pegylated interferons are powerful drugs that treat viral hepatitis. Two kinds are licensed for use but what makes them different? This is a question that many patients ask.
What Is Riba Rage?
What is riba rage? When people treat for hepatitis C, the medication they use has some serious side effects. Psychiatric symptoms, such as depression and irritability, are common enough that they are called this special name by those experiencing treatment.
Who Can Treat Hepatitis?
The United States health care system is made up of a complex group of professionals, industries and programs that work together to provide medical care for nearly 300 million people. A system this big requires many different medical professionals, each with needed skills and areas of expertise.
Treating Hepatitis With Alternative Medicine
Alternative medicine is very popular, but is it a good choice for treating hepatitis? An informed patient needs to consider the benefits and criticisms of alternative treatments.
Four Natural Remedies That Won't Cure Hepatitis
Herbs, dietary supplements and homeopathic remedies are all the rage. Every year, Americans spend about $11 billion on these treatments, which make up just a small part of CAM, or complementary and alternative medicine. While everyone may not be using reflexology, acupuncture or some other alternative system, it seems everyone is taking a pill or drinking a tonic for some ailment. Here are four n…
How Can I Locate A Family Physician?
Family physicians are trained in to treat the entire family, from children through the elderly. To locate a family physician in your town, check out this directory from the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Where Can I Find An Internist?
Internists are physicians who train in internal medicine and specialize in treating adults. They can be generalists or can subspecialize in many areas, including gastroenterology or infectious disease. To help patients find an internist, check out the physician locator on this American College of Physicians website.
How Do I Locate A Gastroenterologist?
Sometimes it's necessary to be under the care of a specialist. The American College of Gastroenterology is a group of board-certified physicians who specialize in treating diseases of the digestive system, including liver diseases. Here is a way to help locate member physicians.
Choosing a Physician
Choosing the right physician is important to your healthcare success. This article from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality features great information and worksheets that walk you through all the right steps in choosing your physician.
Managing Hepatitis with Medications
Learn about the various medicines used for hepatitis treatments from About.com guide Mark Cichocki, R.N.
Treating Different Types of Hepatitis
Since hepatitis has multiple causes, different treatments are needed. This article provides a nice overview of viral hepatitis treatments.
Management and Treatment of Hepatitis C
Current treatment for Hepatitis C is with a powerful drug therapy called interferon alpha, usually combined with another drug called ribavirin.
Hepatitis C and Alternative Medicines
Some people are interested in using alternative therapies to treat hepatitis C. If you are interested in this, caution is recommended because some therapies aren't well researched. Here is a 2003 update article from NCCAM, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, on selected alternative hepatitis C treatments.