Hepatitis C Treatment Considerations
decision about whether to begin treatment for hepatitis C needs to be made, many things are considered, such as:
- Evidence of liver
- How much hepatitis C virus is in the
- Hepatitis C virus genotype.
- Other health
conditions, such as mental illness or kidney disease.
- Alcohol use.
- Illegal drug use.
Your doctor is more likely to recommend treatment
for chronic hepatitis C if:
- You have very high levels of hepatitis C virus in your
- You have high levels of liver enzymes (such as alanine
aminotransferase) in your blood.
biopsy shows liver damage has
- You are infected with a hepatitis C virus of genotype 2
or 3. Treatment is more likely to be successful with these genotypes.
- You do not
have other factors that would make treatment more risky, such as:
- Mental illness. Your illness could be made worse by
- Continued alcohol or illegal drug use.
weakened immune system.
Treatment for hepatitis C is not recommended for pregnant women. The
medicines could harm the
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||W. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology|
|Last Revised||July 6, 2011|