Hepatitis C is a type of viral infection that attacks and harms the liver. It is considered to be one of the dangerous hepatitis virus which may lead to liver transplant also if not treated at the right time or even may lead to death. In most cases, hepatitis C is curable, so it’s important to seek treatment early if you may have an infection. The aim of treatment is to get rid of the hepatitis C virus in your body and the patient is considered to be cured if there is not any virus in the blood 6 months after you stop taking medicine.
The findings of the cure of the disease came when doctors started treating this disease with interferon. The drug boosts the immune system and helps it to fight off the hep C virus rather than directly attacking the virus. The immune system then eliminates the virus from the body.
Treatment Plan Recommended for Hepatitis C:
You and your doctor will need to decide together how you should be treated. It depends on what type of hepatitis C you have. You will likely have to take a combination of medicines based on which virus you have. The medicine are usually in the pill form .Treatment for hepatitis C usually last for 3-6 months. If you are being treated for hepatitis c, it is very important that you:-
- Never skip doses
- Take all medicines exactly how your doctor tells you to
- Never stop any of your medicines your doctor asks you to take. To help you remember to take all of your medicines at the right time, you can use special reminders called “memory aids” eg. Wrist watch, smart phones, app that can be set to remind you when it’s time to take your pills.
- Treatment can cause side effects but most of them are not serious
If you take your medicines exactly the way you are supposed to, the chances of being cured are very good. People who have not been treated for hepatitis C before are cured 90% of the time. People who have failed treatment before or who have cirrhosis have a slightly lower chance of being cured.