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Peginterferon and ribavirin are the drugs most commonly used to treat hepatitis C. Although peginterferon can work by itself to treat the disease, ribavirin cannot, so they are typically used in combination. Together, these medications can kill the hepatitis C virus and help make your immune system stronger so it is even better at destroying the virus. In fact, within hours of taking these drugs together, they can start to make the amount of virus in your blood go down.
Peginterferon is given as a weekly injection, and ribavirin is a pill taken twice a day.
(Click Hepatitis C Medication for more information on the usual treatment regimen with these drugs, including what to expect and how long treatment typically lasts.)