Compliance to HCV Combination Therapy: Doing Your Part
What Are the Benefits of Being Compliant to the Hepatitis C Treatment Program?The main goals of the treatments for hepatitis C are to clear the virus from the blood and improve the condition of the liver. To improve the chances of achieving these goals, people with hepatitis C will need to take their medications exactly as their healthcare provider prescribes them.
Depending on which regimen you are using, you could be on your hepatitis medications for as long as 48 weeks. This may seem like a long time, but the hepatitis C virus has been in the person's body for much longer than that. Staying focused on the ultimate goal -- improving the condition of the liver -- can help people stay motivated throughout the course of their therapy.
Studies have shown that about 40 percent to 80 percent of people have a successful response to treatment with combination therapy of peginterferon plus ribavirin, with a higher success rate with some of the newer regimens. This means that no trace of the hepatitis C virus can be detected in their blood six months after finishing the treatment.
Each person's response to combination therapy will depend on several factors. Following the doctor's treatment instructions is a critical part of being a compliant patient, and can ultimately impact the chances of having a successful treatment.