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How soon does my hepatitis C medication remove all traces of the virus from my blood?

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Most of the time, the new medicines remove all traces of the virus from your blood within 12 weeks, with some as soon as eight weeks. This is called "virus clearance," and it’s what doctors look for to determine if you’re cured. How long you need treatment can vary. It may range from eight to 24 weeks or more.

From: Hepatitis C Treatments WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Ryan Ford, MD, assistant professor of medicine, Division of Digestive Diseases, Emory University School of Medicine.

William D. Carey, MD, senior hepatologist, Department of Gastroenterology, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio.

HCV Advocate: “A Brief History of Hepatitis C.”

CDC: "Hepatitis C FAQs for Consumers." "Hepatitis C FAQs for Health Professionals."

Curry, M.P. , Dec. 31, 2015. New England Journal of Medicine

News Release, FDA.

FDA: "FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA warns of serious liver injury risk with hepatitis C treatments Viekira Pak and Technivie." "FDA approves Mavyret for Hepatitis C." "Epclusa Prescribing Information." "FDA approves Viekira Pak to treat hepatitis C."

Feld, J. , Nov. 23, 2015. NEJM

HCV Advocate. "What is Cirrhosis?"

HCV New Drug Research: “ZEPATIER - Recommended Dosage and Durations, Drug Interactions, Side Effects, Clinical Studies.”

Hepatits C Online. "Peginterferon alfa-2a (Pegasys)." "Sofosbuvir-Velpatasvir-Voxilaprevir (Vosevi)." "Daclatasvir (Daklinza)." "Elbasvir-Grazoprevir (Zepatier)." "Ombitasvir-Paritaprevir-Ritonavir (Technivie)." "Sofosbuvir-Velpatasvir (Epclusa)."

Merck Connect. "Zepatier product site: Zepatier and You."

News Release, Gilead.

News Release, Merck.

Pharmacy Times: "Will Hepatitis C Virus Medication Costs Drop in the Years Ahead?"

Up-To-Date: “Direct-acting antivirals for the treatment of hepatitis C virus infection.”

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: "Hepatitis C Virus Genotypes and Quasispecies."

University of Washington: "Sofosbuvir (Sovaldi)."

Zeuzem, S. , July 7, 2015.   Annals of Internal Medicine

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 14, 2018

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