There are several different medications available to help treat the hepatitis C (Hep C) virus. The hep C medication used will depend on what type of hep C genotype you have, which can be either genotype one, two, three, four, five, or six.
Types of Hep C Medication
The most common drugs that are currently used to treat hep C are known as direct-acting antiviral drugs. These types of medications will target the hep C virus and are available as oral pills. Some examples of these are listed below:
This medication is available as an oral pill that is taken once per day in combination with sofosbuvir (Sovaldi). Daclatasvir is only intended for those with the hep C genotype 3.
Side effects of Daclatasvir may include headaches, fatigue, and may put you at risk of a lower heart rate.
Elbasvir and grazoprevir (Zepatier)
This combination of drugs is available in the form of a pill taken once per day and is intended for the treatment of hep C in patients with the genotypes 1, 4 and 6.
Side effects that may occur include headaches, stomach aches, and fatigue.
Glecaprevir and pibrentasvir (Mavyret)
The combination of glecaprevir and pibrentasvir is available in the form of a pill which is taken orally three times per day. This medication can be used for the treatment of hep C genotypes one through six.
Side effects may include fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, and headaches.
Ledipasvir and sofosbuvir (Harvoni)
This medication is taken once per day as an oral pill and can be used by patients with the hep C genotypes 1, 4, 5, and 6.
Side effects include headaches, nausea, stomach aches, diarrhea, and trouble sleeping.
Ombitasvir, paritaprevir, ritonavir (Technivie)
This combination of drugs is available as a pill that is taken once per day and is meant for patients with the hep C genotype 4.
Side effects of this medication may include fatigue, weakness, stomach aches, headaches, itching, and trouble sleeping.
Remember to talk with your doctor about all the options that you have to treat your specific genotype of hep C. Together, you will be able to determine which medication could provide you with the best results.
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