Hepatitis C is a viral infection of the liver that can lead to liver inflammation & scarring, as well as liver cancer in chronic disease.


Conditions

Hepatitis C is an infectious disease of the liver caused by the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). Hepatitis C is spread via contact with blood from an infected person. Many people become infected with Hepatitis C virus by sharing needles or other equipment used to prepare and inject drugs. For some, Hepatitis C is a short-term illness (acute), however, for more than half of people who become infected the virus is long lasting infection (chronic). People with chronic Hepatitis C often have no symptoms and don't feel sick. When symptoms do appear, they are often a sign of advanced liver disease. Common symptoms include fever, jaundice (a condition that causes yellowing of the eyes and skin, as well as dark urine), stomach (abdominal) pain, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, joint pain, and fatigue. There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C. Treatments have advanced significantly in the previous decade, and many people can be cured with treatment in 8-24 weeks.

Medications

HARVONI

HARVONI (sofosbuvir+ ledipasvir) is a prescription medicine used for treatment for chronic hepatitis C infection. Harvoni is an oral direct acting antiviral treatment regimen. It works by reducing the active virus within the body.

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RIBAVIRIN

RIBAVIRIN is a prescription medicine used for treatment for chronic hepatitis C infection. Ribavirin is a component of combination antiviral treatment regimens, used in combination with other oral direct acting antivirals. Ribavirin alone will not treat Hepatitis C effectively. It is an antiviral drug, and works by reducing the active virus within the body.

SOVALDI

SOVALDI (sofosbuvir) is a prescription medicine used for treatment for chronic hepatitis C infection. Sovaldi is a component of combination antiviral treatment regimens. It is used most frequently in combination with Ribavirin. Sovaldi alone will not treat Hepatitis C effectively. It is an antiviral drug, and works by reducing the active virus within the body.

VIEKIRA PAK

VIEKIRA PAK (ombitasvir + paritaprevir + dasabuvir) is a prescription medicine used for treatment for chronic hepatitis C infection. Viekira Pak is an oral direct acting antiviral treatment regimen. It works by reducing the active virus within the body.

ZEPATIER

ZEPATIER (elbasvir + grazoprevir) is a prescription medicine used for treatment for chronic hepatitis C infection. Zepatier is an oral direct acting antiviral treatment regimen. It works by reducing the active virus within the body.

EPCLUSA

EPCLUSA (sofosbuvir+velpatasvir) is a prescription medicine used for treatment for chronic hepatitis C infection. Epclusa is an oral direct acting antiviral treatment regimen. It works by reducing the active virus within the body.

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MAVYRET

MAVYRET (glecaprevir+pibrentasvir) is a prescription medicine used for treatment for chronic hepatitis C infection. Mavyret is an oral direct acting antiviral treatment regimen. It works by reducing the active virus within the body.

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VOSEVI

VOSEVI (sofosbuvir+velpatasvir+voxilaprevir) is a prescription medicine used for treatment for chronic hepatitis C infection. Vosevi is an oral direct acting antiviral treatment regimen. It works by reducing the active virus within the body.

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More Information

Your treatment will depend on many things including what type of hepatitis C virus you have. There are 7 HCV genotypes overall. In the U.S., the most common is genotype 1, followed by genotypes 2 and 3. Genotypes 4-7 are very rare in the U.S. Your doctor will obtain blood work to help you figure out what treatment is right for you.