Hepatitis C Treatments
Before recommending a specific hepatitis C treatment regimen, 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
- Its genotype
- How much liver damage has already occurred
- Any other medical conditions you may have.
Hepatitis C treatment usually involves a combination of two drugs: peginterferon and ribavirin. Peginterferon is given by injection once weekly, and ribavirin comes as a pill that is taken twice daily. Treatment for hepatitis C is successful in about 50 percent of people with genotype 1 and in about 75 to 80 percent of people with genotype 2.
(To learn more about the treatments for this disease, including a list of things you can do to keep your liver healthy, click Hepatitis C Treatment.)