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Hepatitis C Treatment

There are no specific treatments for the symptoms of Hepatitis C. Generally doctors suggest adequate bed-rest, procedures that help in preventing dehydration, eating healthy food and not consuming alcohol. Most people with early to later stages of Hepatitis C feel better in three to four weeks and get well completely from their Hepatitis C symptoms within six to eight weeks.

Chemical Info:
Interferons (IFNs) are proteins produced by the immune system in response to foreign agents such as tumors, viruses, bacteria, etc. Since 1980, synthetic interferon became available for treatment for many types of cancer and hepatitis C. However, there may be harmful side-effects associated with interferon treatment such as sudden hearing loss, anemia, headache, depression and heart, eye, liver or kidney problems.

Often synthetic protein interferon is used to treat some patient with chronic hepatitis C. This is helpful to improve liver function in some people with hepatitis C and minimizing symptoms, although it may cause side effects like headache and fever etc. Sometimes this drug is used in combination with another drug, Ribavirin. This treatment is effective in 30 percent to 40 percent of Hepatitis C patients.

Drug Info:
Ribavirin (also sold under the brand names of Copegus or Rebetol) is an anti-viral drug which, in its tablet form, is used in treatment of Hepatitis C in combination with interferon therapy. A possible serious side-effect of using Ribavirin is anemia. Women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant should not take Ribavirin and should postpone pregnancy for 6 months after ending treatment.

Many chronic Hepatitis C carriers remain symptom-free or have a mild condition known as chronic persistent hepatitis. But approximately 50 percent of chronic hepatitis C patients develop the most serious complications of viral hepatitis: cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer.

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