The Basics of Hepatitis C TreatmentThe goal of hepatitis C treatment is to suppress the virus to the point where it becomes undetectable for a long period of time. Doctors call this SVR, or sustained virologic response. Many things will determine how easily you reach SVR (if at all), including what type of hepatitis C virus you have (its genotype), and if you have other diseases such as HIV at the same time.
- Overview of Hepatitis Treatments
- Who Can Treat Hepatitis?
- Hepatitis C Genotypes
- What Is a Sustained Virologic Response (SVR)?
Hepatitis C DrugsCurrently, taking a combination of two drugs, peginterferon and ribavirin, is the standard treatment for chronic hepatitis C. This therapy, though not perfect, has the best record of success in reaching SVR among all the drugs known to treat the virus. Since these drugs work to stimulate your immune system to fight the virus, some people have better results from them than others do.
A new generation of drugs, which is based on a treatment approach called STAT-C (Specifically Targeted Antiviral Therapy for hepatitis C), isn't available yet, but many experts think it will lead to better treatment success.
- Information about Peginterferon
- Information about Ribavirin
- What Is a Pegylated Drug
- What Is the Difference Between Peginterferon alfa 2a & Peginterferon alfa 2b?
- Four Natural Remedies That Don't Treat Hepatitis (But Some People Think They Do!)