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Treatment Options for Hepatitis C

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Treatment options - Hepatitis C for Patients

How is hepatitis C treated?

Hepatitis C virus is treated with all-oral medications. These pills, called antiviral medications, are usually taken once per day. These antiviral medications are extremely good at attacking the virus and preventing it from multiplying. Today's antiviral treatments are extremely successful at curing the virus and have very minimal side effects.

The purpose of taking antiviral medications for hepatitis C is to:

  • remove (or clear) all the hepatitis C virus from your body permanently
  • stop or slow down the damage to your liver
  • reduce the risk of developing cirrhosis (advanced scarring of the liver)
  • reduce the risk of developing liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma, referred to as HCC)
  • reduce the risk of liver failure and the need for a liver transplant