Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Viral Hepatitis C Treatment

The goals of treatment for chronic hepatitis C infection are:

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:

Viral Hepatitis C Diet

A person with hepatitis C may benefit from a liver disease diet.

Liver Disease Diet
A hepatitis C diet includes:

  • 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)

Viral 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?

Viral Hepatitis C Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat hepatitis C:

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Last Updated: May 24, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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