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Are side effects a problem with hepatitis C treatment?

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Treatment now centers around direct acting antiviral drugs (DAAs). These medicines are highly effective for most people and are interferon- and often ribavirin-free. This means they typically have fewer side effects. The treatments are often simpler, with fewer pills for a shorter amount of time. DAAs are available as either single drugs or combined with other medicines in one pill.

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Paul Gaglio, MD, medical director of liver transplantation, division of hepatology at Montefiore Medical Center.

Alison Jazwinski, MD, assistant professor of medicine, division of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition, Center for Liver Diseases, University of Pittsburgh.

Medscape: "FDA Panel Backs Sofosbuvir for Hepatitis C," "FDA Panel Recommends Approval of Simeprevir for Hepatitis C."

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: "Hepatitis C Treatment Side Effects Management Chart."

UpToDate: "Patient Information: "Hepatitis C (Beyond the Basics)."

FDA: "FDA approves Mavyret for Hepatitis C," "Mavyret Prescribing Information."

Hepatitis C Online: "Elbasvir-Grazoprevir (Zepatier)," "Sofosbuvir-Velpatasvir-Voxilaprevir (Vosevi)."

Medline Plus: “Daclatasvir,” “Ombitasvir, Paritaprevir, and Ritonavir,” “Peginterferon Alfa-2a Injection,” “Ribavirin,” “Sofosbuvir

HHS AIDSinfo: “Peginterferon Alfa-2a (HBV, HCV).”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on April 15, 2019

SOURCES

Paul Gaglio, MD, medical director of liver transplantation, division of hepatology at Montefiore Medical Center.

Alison Jazwinski, MD, assistant professor of medicine, division of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition, Center for Liver Diseases, University of Pittsburgh.

Medscape: "FDA Panel Backs Sofosbuvir for Hepatitis C," "FDA Panel Recommends Approval of Simeprevir for Hepatitis C."

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: "Hepatitis C Treatment Side Effects Management Chart."

UpToDate: "Patient Information: "Hepatitis C (Beyond the Basics)."

FDA: "FDA approves Mavyret for Hepatitis C," "Mavyret Prescribing Information."

Hepatitis C Online: "Elbasvir-Grazoprevir (Zepatier)," "Sofosbuvir-Velpatasvir-Voxilaprevir (Vosevi)."

Medline Plus: “Daclatasvir,” “Ombitasvir, Paritaprevir, and Ritonavir,” “Peginterferon Alfa-2a Injection,” “Ribavirin,” “Sofosbuvir

HHS AIDSinfo: “Peginterferon Alfa-2a (HBV, HCV).”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on April 15, 2019

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