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Instead, your doctor could recommend a combination of boceprevir (Victrelis), simeprevir (Olysio), sofosbuvir (Sovaldi), or Viekira Pak (ombitasvir, paritaprevir, ritonavir, dasabuvir). There’s also interferon (which you take by injection), and/or ribavirin (which comes as a liquid, tablet, or capsule).

Interferon and ribavirin used to be the main treatments for hepatitis C. They can have side effects like fatigue, flu-like symptoms, anemia, skin rash, mild anxiety, depression,nausea, and diarrhea.

Your doctor will help you figure out what's right for you, based on your medical needs and insurance coverage.

What Are the Side Effects?

The most common effects of hep C drugs are:

Can You Prevent Hepatitis C Infection?

There’s no vaccine to prevent hepatitis C. To avoiding getting the virus:

  • Use a latex condom every time you have sex.
  • Don't share personal items like razors.
  • Be careful if you get a tattoo, body piercing or manicure. The equipment may have someone else's blood on it.
  • Don't donate blood or tissue if you’re infected.

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Reviewed by William Blahd, MD on April 10, 2015
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