There are specific Hep C treatment guidelines that should be followed should you carry the virus. Treatment for all types of Hep C should start with a patient discussing his, or her, options with a physician or professional healthcare provider.
There are six different genotypes of Hep C and the treatment guidelines for all of them are somewhat similar. Several different treatment options exist for patients and they must decide which one will work for them and the genotype of the Hep C virus they have.
Direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) are one way to treat the Hepatitis C virus. These usually come in the form of a tablet that can be taken orally over the course of several weeks.
Treatments should be taken as directed and patients should always consult a doctor or healthcare provider if any odd symptoms occur.
Most Hep C treatments are delivered in tablet form, with a combination of medications which are taken over an eight or 12, to 24 week period.
Hep C treatments can also be available in the form of injections, although tablets are preferred more than that because injections tend to be more painful and have more adverse side effects.
The most common side effects of all treatments of Hep C are headaches and fatigue, and nausea can also occur. If any symptoms worsen then it is advised that patients seek immediate medical attention.
After the course of the treatment, it is also recommended that patients should have a follow-up exam to make sure everything is all right.
With every treatment, there is a chance of relapse depending on the person, but just because one treatment did not work for a patient, doesn’t mean another won’t.
To follow the recommended Hep C treatment guidelines will also result in regular check-ups after completing the Hep C treatment so as to monitor whether or not the medication has worked, or if it was unsuccessful.
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