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Pharmaceutical Options for Managing Viral Hepatitis and Cirrhosis Complications

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Pharmaceutical Options for Managing Viral Hepatitis and Cirrhosis Complications in the VA Health Care System


Hepatitis B
*Note: PegIFN-a2a is the only peginterferon currently approved for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B in the United States. Refer to Chronic hepatitis B. (AASLD Practice Guidelines)Link will take you outside the VA website. [Lok AS and McMahon BJ. Hepatology. 2007 Feb;45(2):507-39] and Chronic Hepatitis B: Update 2009 [Lok AS and McMahon BJ. Hepatology. 2009 Sep;50(3):1-36 ] for detailed information, place in therapy and dosing of peg-IFN a in hepatitis B, or consult with your local VA pharmacist.
Use may be restricted to Gastroenterology and Infectious Disease Services.
Adefovir (Hepsera)
Entecavir (Baraclude)
Interferon alfa (Intron A)
Lamivudine (Epivir-HBV, 3TC)
Peginterferon alfa (PegIFN-a)*
Telbivudine (Tyzeka)
Tenofovir (Viread)
Hepatitis C
See also: Chronic Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Infection: Treatment Considerations
Use may be restricted to Gastroenterology and Infectious Disease Services.
Boceprevir (Victrelis)
Peginterferon alfa-2a (PegIFN-a2a, Pegasys)
Peginterferon alfa-2b (PegIFN-a2b, PEG-Intron)
Ribavirin (Rebetol, Copegus)
Telaprevir (Incivek)
Simeprevir (Olysio)
Sofosbuvir (Sovaldi)
Side Effects
Use may be restricted to Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease and Hematology/Oncology Services.
Granulocyte Colony Stimulating Factor
(GCSF, Neupogen, Filgrastim)
Epoetin alfa (Epogen, Procrit)
Other Side Effects
For expanded information and options to consider for management of other side effects, see The Hepatitis C Treatment Side Effect Management Chart.
Cirrhosis Management
Note: Antibiotics may include sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim or fluoroquinolones. Selection should depend on local antibiotic susceptibility patterns. Consult with your local VA pharmacy for the preferred antibiotic in your area.

Furosemide (Lasix)

Spironolactone (Aldactone)

Lactulose (Enulose)
Rifaximin (Xifaxan)
Portal Hypertension and Varices

Propranolol (Inderal)

Nadolol (Corgard)

Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis (SBP) Prophylaxis and Treatment

Rimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim DS; Bactrim; Septra DS; Septra)

Fluoroquinolones (Ciprofloxacin; Norfloxacin; Levofloxacin; Ofloxacin; Gatifloxacin and others)


Influenza vaccination

Pneumococcal vaccination

Hepatitis A vaccination

Hepatitis B vaccination

For detailed information on the administration of hepatitis A and B vaccination, please refer to the Vaccination Pocket Card.

For additional information on these agents, refer to the Pharmacy Benefits Management Website.