Viral Hepatitis Treatment
The treatment for viral hepatitis depends on which virus is causing the infection. General treatment includes rest, hydration, and avoiding medications that can place additional strain on the inflamed liver. Treatment for viral hepatitis may include a liver disease diet and antiviral medications. Those who develop liver failure from viral hepatitis may require a liver transplant.
Specific treatment for viral hepatitis may include:
- Liver disease diet:
- Low protein diet
- Low fat diet
- Antiviral medications for viral hepatitis:
- Amantadine (Symmetrel)
- Famciclovir (Famvir)
- Entecavir (Baraclude)
- Lamivudine (Epivir)
- Adefovir (Hepsera)
- Telbivudine (Tyzeka)
- Antihistamines for itching:
- Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
- Chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton)
- Fexophenadine (Allegra)
- Loratadine (Claritin)
- Cetirizine (Zyrtec)
- Hepatitis A immunization
- Hepatitis B immunization
- Vitamin B supplements:
- Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
- Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
- Vitamin B3 (niacin)
- Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)
- Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
- Vitamin B12 (cobalamin)
- Liver transplant for liver failure
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Viral Hepatitis Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of viral hepatitis.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- 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 do I avoid passing the infection to others?
- 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?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications of viral hepatitis?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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