What is the treatment?

Chronic Hepatitis C

The most effective treatment for chronic Hepatitis C is a combination of two drugs, called Pegylated Interferon and Ribavirin. The length of treatment can vary depending on a number of factors.

Pegylated Interferon helps healthy cells to defend themselves against the virus and stops the virus from multiplying. Pegylated Interferon is given by injection once a week.

Like Pegylated Interferon, Ribavirin works by preventing the virus from reproducing. Ribavirin is given as a pill to swallow.

Acute Hepatitis C

The treatment for acute Hepatitis C is Interferon therapy for 24 weeks regardless of your genotype using either pegylated or non-pegylated Interferon.

Treatment should start between 3 and 6 months after diagnosis of acute hepatitis C, if you have not cleared the infection by yourself spontaneously.

There is no evidence that delaying treatment from 3 to 6 months after diagnosis of acute Hepatitis C reduces your response to treatment. However, there is evidence that delaying by a year does compromise the treatment response for acute Hepatitis C.

Living with Treatment

It's worth thinking about how being on treatment might affect your life. Plan and think about whether you'll need any help or support when you are living with treatment

See also

Hepatitis C Trust: Treatment

Mainliners: Treatment

Hepatitis C Scotland


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