Hepatitis C is a persistent virus, but common that attacks the liver. About 3.5 million people in the United States have (long-term) hepatitis C chronic
The human immune system is good in the fight against bacterial infections and the myriad viruses that cause the common cold. But it can not easily kill the virus of hepatitis C. Fortunately, there are medications available and works for the treatment of hepatitis C.
Read on to learn more about treatments for hepatitis C and side effects.
There are several effective antiviral drugs available for hepatitis C.
Interferon is a protein produced naturally in the body. The synthetic version is taken by injection once a week. Stimulates the immune system to neutralize or destroy the virus of hepatitis C.
Ribavirin is a drug taken orally once a day. Combat certain viruses, including hepatitis C.
Boceprevir is an antiviral drug that works by stopping the hepatitis C virus is replicated. It is used in combination with interferon or ribavirin.
ledipasvir / sofosbuvir (Harvoni) is a drug fixed-dose combination for certain types of hepatitis C.
Side effects of treatment
hepatitis C drugs cause effects secondary, more commonly similar to the flu that disappears after a few weeks reaction. Most side effects are not life threatening. However, it can be difficult to tolerate the side effects throughout the course of treatment, which lasts from six months to a year. Being well informed about their treatment and its side effects may help treat it.
The most common physical side effects of drugs for hepatitis C include:
- muscle aches
- nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- dry mouth, thick saliva and mouth ulcers
- lack of appetite
During treatment for hepatitis C, it is important to be in good health. You should eat a well-balanced, nutritious and be sure to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration diet.
hepatitis C drugs can also cause side effects that affect your mental health. These include:
- lack of sleep or insomnia
- be irritable or moody
- low mood or depression
interferon stimulates certain parts of the body, sometimes making it difficult to sleep. The lack of good sleep and rest can cause other problems such as anxiety, temper-being or feeling sad.
Talk to your doctor about ways to improve your sleep. Maintain a regular sleep schedule, learn relaxation techniques, time for your medication and talk to others about how you feel, both physically and mentally, can help.
Other potential side effects
The treatment of hepatitis C can cause other side effects, including:
- reactions injection site
- hair loss
- skin rashes
hair loss is common for those taking interferon. Once treatment ends, your hair will grow back.
Rash ribavirin may come and go, especially in the body and arms. cold baths and skin lotions can help. You can reduce injection site reactions changing the injection site and apply an ice pack. Talk to your doctor if you are concerned about these issues.
When to call the doctor
Although not happen very often, hepatitis C drugs can cause serious side effects. It is important to learn what they are so you can identify them and get immediate medical help. Serious side effects include:
- chest pain
- difficulty breathing
- changes in vision
- thyroid problems
Any of these side effects can be potentially serious. Talk to your doctor about how you feel and do not hesitate to go to the emergency room if necessary.
Management of hepatitis C is a team effort. You, your doctor, nurses, physician assistants, phlebotomists and laboratory technicians must work together to get rid of the virus quickly. It is important to check with your health care team often to let them know how your therapy is going and how you feel. Hepatitis C is a serious disease that requires time and effort to get it under control, but if you do can save your life.