Treatment For Hepatitis

Treatment for hepatitis C most effective medical treatment is based on the association of pegylated interferon administered subcutaneously, with another antiviral drug called ribavirin orally. Side effects of interferon are numerous, most included in what is called flu syndrome. After months causes loss of muscle mass. All these symptoms reversed once treatment is finished. The most feared side effect of ribavirin is that it produces changes that affect reproduction, the sons of a patient recently treated with ribavirin may be born mentally retarded or with physical deformities (teratological effect).For this reason, doctors advise not breed until 6 months after treatment ended, and the Spanish Association of Patients with Hepatitis C suggests extending this period to a year for safety. The most common side effect is anemia that in many patients require administration of erythropoietin to normalize hemotocrito values. The success rate (elimination of the virus in blood maintained until one year after completion of therapy) is somewhat higher than 50 depending on the type of virus. The virus 1b is the most difficult to cure and requires treatment for one year. The answer is approximately 50 for genotype 1 and 80 for genotypes 2 and 3. In the latter treatment is carried out for 6 months. Hepatitis C can progress to cirrhosis or even a specific type of liver cancer. The failure of the first treatment does not involve the evaluation for a future transplant. First you have to check whether the treatment was well done.In the event that had not reached the requirements kittens dose or duration, you should try another treatment. Only be assessed for transplant patients who have complications such as cirrhosis with ascites, coagulopathy, encephalopathy, jaundice. Or having a MELD score over 14 points (Indications of liver transplantation in hepatitis C) The medical community does not recognize by the time cases of spontaneous healing (negativization the virus in blood kept for one year) beyond the initial period of one year corresponding to the acute phase.

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