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Hepatitis C: Drugs That Work

Friday, 11 Feb 2011 03:11 PM

Hepatitis C is a vrious that affects the liver and can be transmitted through the blood.
Symptoms of Hepatitis C are weight loss, weight gain, itchy skin, rashes on the skin, loss of appetite, slow metabolism, jaundice, weakness, fatigue, easy bleeding, and bruising, and abdominal pain in certain cases. There is no vaccine for this virus. Hepatitis C drugs can prevent the action of the virus and preserve the health of the liver.

The Top five Hepatitis C drugs:

Peg interferon alfa-2a
is a form of interferon protein that fights viruses and makes them inactive. These cannot be used on people with autoimmune hepatitis or allergy to interferons. Its side effects are anemia, nausea, vomiting, depression, headache, weight loss, fever, or fatigue.

Peg interferon alfa-2b
is also another form of interferon protein that fights the Hepatitis C virus and is extensively used in Hepatitis C drug treatment. The side effects of this hepatitis C drug are cough or breathlessness, headache, numbness, liver problems, confusion, depression, or anxiety or fever.

Combination interferon and ribavirin
is a combination drug used in Hepatitis C drug treatment that includes ribavirin with interferon. Although ribavirin does not fight viruses, it helps the interferon in antiviral activities. Ribavirin also prevents certain side effects that occur on using interferon alone.

is a new introduction in Hepatitis C drug treatment. This is a form of antivirus that inhibits the growth of protease enzymes, which are used by the Hepatitis C virus for reproduction. This makes the virus inactive. It is in the initial stages of use for Hepatitis C treatment.
While Hepatitis C drugs can fight the Hepatitis C virus and prevent the worsening of the condition, these drugs cannot be used on people with certain co-morbidities like heart conditions, renal disease, or certain autoimmune diseases. These drugs cannot be used on pregnant women as they can cause birth defects or abnormal growth in the fetus.
While there are numerous cases where the administration of these drugs for Hepatitis C has completely eliminated the symptoms, sometimes these drugs can be ineffective on the virus and the liver condition may worsen. A health hepatitis C diet is also necessary to maintain good health, build immunity, and control Hepatitis C.

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