Hepatitis C Treatment
The goals of treatment for chronic hepatitis C infection are:
- Achieve sustained eradication of hepatitis C virus
- Prevent progression of hepatitis C infection to cirrhosis of the liver
Treatment for hepatitis C may include a liver disease diet, antiviral medications, vitamin supplements, and medications to control nausea and itching. Those who have severe hepatitis C may be candidates for liver transplant.
Treatment for hepatitis C may include:
- Liver disease diet:
- Low protein diet
- Low fat diet
- Interferon alfa-2b (Intron-A)
- Interferon alfa-2a (Roferon)
- Interferon alfacon-1 (Infergens)
- Pegylated interferon alfa-2b (PEG-Intron)
- Antiviral medications for hepatitis C:
- Antihistamine for itching:
- Vitamin B supplements:
- Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
- Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
- Vitamin B3 (niacin)
- Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)
- Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
- Vitamin B12 (cobalamin)
- Hepatitis A immunization
- Hepatitis B immunization
- Consider liver transplant for end stage liver failure
Hepatitis C Diet
- High carbohydrate intake: bread, pasta and grains
- Moderate to high fat intake. The increased carbohydrate and fat help in preserving the protein in the body and prevent muscle wasting.
- Restrict protein to 1 gram of protein per kilogram (2 pounds) of body weight per day.
- Restrict salt to no more than 2 grams per day.
- Take vitamin B supplements (particularly B complex vitamins, but not vitamin A)
Hepatitis C Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of hepatitis C.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- Am I contagious?
- For how long?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- How do I avoid passing the infection to others?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for liver disease?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Hepatitis C Specialist
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