Hep C Medication: Medications for the treatment of Hepatitis C have come a long way since the first treatment was created. Many of the treatments within the first few decades of research involved shots and drugs that did not target the Hep C virus. These older treatments worked as if the virus was a cold or flu virus and more often than not, would not permanently get rid of the virus from a patients body.
Recently more advanced treatments have been created that can get rid of the virus entirely and only involves taking several pills throughout a certain timeframe.
Several different types of treatments exist for the many genotypes involved in Hep C. Each treatment will target the virus that is affecting the body and essentially neutralize the proteins that allow the virus to grow and spread.
All treatments are not made the same, so they may not work for every patient. Determining which treatment could work best may be dependent on the amount of scarring a patient has on his, or her, liver.
Here is a list of some of the Hep C medication that is currently available:
Daclatasvir (Daklinza), which is a pill taken once a day with sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) for type 3 of the Hepatitis C virus.
Elbasvir and grazoprevir (Zepatier), which is a pill taken once a day for Hepatitis C type 1, 4, and 6.
Glecaprevir and pibrentasvir (Mavyret) is said to help with all types of Hep C and is available as a pill taken three times per day.
Ledipasvir and sofosbuvir (Harvoni) works for patients with type 1, 4, 5, and 6 Hep C and comes in the form of a pill taken once a day.
Ombitasvir, paritaprevir, ritonavir (Technivie) is for patients with type 4 Hep C who do not have liver scarring and is a once-a-day pill treatment.
Ombitasvir, paritaprevir, and ritonavir, with dasabuvir (Viekira Pak) this treatment involves several pills, one of which a patient would take once a day and another that would be taken twice a day.
Simeprevir (Olysio) and sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) are two drugs that can be taken together to treat type 1 Hep C.
Sofosbuvir and velpatasvir (Epclusa) is a single tablet that is said to treat all types of Hep C.
Sofosbuvir, velpatasvir, and voxilaprevir (Vosevi) can only be prescribed to patients with no liver scarring and can treat all types of Hep C with a once-a-day tablet.
Common side effects of any of the Hep C medication mentioned are; headaches, fatigue, and nausea.
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