Hepatitis C is an infectious disease and it is life-threatening because of its effect on the liver. 75 to 85 percent of the time, people infected with Hepatitis C end up with liver damage. Thanks to science, endless researches and efforts of people in the medical world, new treatments are becoming more and more available today for Hepatitis C infection.
Effect of New Hepatitis C Drugs
New Hepatitis C drugs are now doing miracles by preventing liver damage and disease such as cirrhosis while at the same reducing the symptoms of the infection. Most available Hepatitis drugs are also reducing the risk of liver cancer among infected patients as well as possible liver failure.
Common Medications Prescribed to Hepatitis C Patient
All interferon drugs are injectable and they are used to prevent further damages caused by Hepatitis C virus. Interferons are injected thrice a week. Duration of treatment often lasts from 12 weeks to 20 weeks. Among the different types of Interferons used are peginterferon alfa-2b (PegIntron, Sylatron), peginterferon alfa-2a (Pegasys) and interferon alfa-2b (Intron A). These drugs have no generic versions. Taking Interferon produces side effects such as having dry mouth, being anxious, feeling fatigue, having consistent headaches, experiencing mood changes and unexplained weight loss.
Nucleoside Analogue Antiviral Medications
Among the different types of Nucleoside Analogue, Antiviral Medications are Moderiba, Copegus, Ribasphere RibaPak, Rebetol, Virazole, and Ribasphere. This type of treatment is available in capsules, tablets, and pills depending on the brand of medicine you will be taking. This is a very strong drug and it can cause birth defects hence it is not recommended for pregnant women. This is not recommended for patients with heart conditions as well.
Protease Inhibitor Antiviral Medications
If you don’t want to take Interferons because you hate injections, you can get oral medication prescription such as Protease Inhibitor Antiviral Medications. Among the different types of Protease Inhibitor, Antiviral Medications are paritaprevir, telaprevir, and boceprevir. These pills should be taken twice or thrice a day depending on the pill prescribed to you. among the common side effects of taking a Protease Inhibitor Antiviral Medications are sleeping difficulties, loose bowel movement, feeling fatigue, having headaches and vomiting or feeling nauseous.
Polymerase Inhibitor and Combination Drug Treatments
If the condition is too chronic, doctors can end up prescribing a combination of drugs to make the treatment faster and more effective. One popular combination is any of the treatment mentioned above plus Sovaldi. Sovaldi works by preventing Hepatitis C virus building block from forming, making it easier to be destroyed by other medicines. Other popular drugs used and combined with Interferons, Nucleoside Analogue Antiviral Medications, Protease Inhibitor Antiviral Medications and Protease Inhibitor Antiviral Medications are Viekira Pak and Harvoni.
Whether it is for losing hope or just being optimistic, there are some who actually try alternative medicine in treating Hepatitis C infection. This is despite the announcement of National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) that there is no proven alternative medicine yet known to treat HCV infection.