For some people who are infected with hep C, the body clears the virus on its own. But most people with hep C need treatment to help clear the virus and they have to learn more about hepatitis treatment side effects. A primary care doctor or specialist will run tests to find out if hep C has affected your body. Medicines called antivirals may result in a sustained virologic response, also known as a “cure”. If you have been diagnosed with hep C, talk with your doctor. Together, you can decide if you should take a prescription drug combination.
TALKING TO YOUR DOCTOR
Before taking any medicine, herbal supplements, or vitamins, it’s important to speak with your doctor. He or she knows your medical history and can help determine how these substances might affect your liver.
LIVING A HEALTHY LIFE
Maintaining a balanced diet, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and exercising as prescribed by your doctor are all important for keeping your life and liver as healthy as possible. Read more about making healthy choices.
DRINKING AND DRUG USE
People with hep C should reduce or stop drinking alcohol and avoid using drugs not prescribed by a doctor. These substances can hurt your liver and make the disease progress faster. If you’re using drugs or alcohol and want help quitting, visit your doctor.
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