Chronic hepatitis C is a condition that can lead to more and more liver damage over time. However, everyone's situation is a little different. So, before treatment is recommended, your healthcare provider will review the results of your blood work and other tests to determine several things, including:
- The amount of virus in your body (see Hepatitis C Viral Load)
- Its genotype
- How much liver damage has already occurred
- Any other medical conditions you may have.
Then together, you and your healthcare provider can decide what treatment, if any, is best for you.
Four different types of drugs are used to treat hepatitis C, including:
- Hepatitis C protease inhibitors
- Nucleotide analog NS5B polymerase inhibitors.
Most people will use a combination of two or three medications, to achieve the best possible result. The goal of the medications is to get rid of the hepatitis C virus completely.
(Click Hepatitis C Treatment for a closer look at the treatment options for this condition.)
It is reported that up to 50 percent of people with hepatitis C try some type of alternative treatment.
If you are currently using alternative treatments or considering it, make sure to let your healthcare provider know. In order to keep you safe, it is important that he or she knows everything that you are taking, including herbal supplements, dietary supplements, or medications (whether prescription or over-the-counter).
For more information on specific alternative treatments for hepatitis C, click on the following links: