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How is hepatitis C treated?

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Hepatitis C treatments have changed a lot in recent years. In January 2016, the FDA gave approval to a once-daily pill combination of elbasvir and grazoprevir called Zepatier. It has been shown to have the ability to cure the disease in almost 100% of those treated. It follows the success of another once-daily treatment called Harvoni that cures the disease in most people in eight to 12 weeks. Harvoni combines two drugs: sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) and ledipasvir. In clinical trials, the most common side effects in both drugs were fatigue and headache.

From: Hepatitis C and the Hep C Virus WebMD Medical Reference

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News release, FDA. The Cleveland Clinic Department of Gastroenterology. CDC.  "Hepatitis C FAQs for Health Professionals." The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 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. "Sofosbuvir-Velpatasvir-Voxilaprevir (Vosevi)." "Daclatasvir (Daklinza)."






Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on August 23, 2019

SOURCES:

News release, FDA. The Cleveland Clinic Department of Gastroenterology. CDC.  "Hepatitis C FAQs for Health Professionals." The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 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. "Sofosbuvir-Velpatasvir-Voxilaprevir (Vosevi)." "Daclatasvir (Daklinza)."






Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on August 23, 2019

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