for Veterans and the Public
Everyone has a different experience with hepatitis C treatments. Side effects are different for everyone, and doctors can never predict how well a drug will work for a certain person.
It always helps to know as much as you can and to keep yourself healthy by eating well, getting plenty of rest, and not using alcohol or drugs that can damage your liver.
At all stages (before, during, and after treatment), talk with your health care provider to learn as much as possible about your disease and your treatment. Your doctor will give you advice after you finish treatment. You must understand that the risks and side effects of treatment may last even after you have finished treatment.
With support from your family, friends, and a doctor that you trust, you can have a better treatment experience.
If you have tried a treatment that didn't work, don't be discouraged. Every day, new and better treatments are becoming available as we learn more about hepatitis C.