Can hepatitis be treated?

There are no treatments to cure hepatitis A, aside from carefully monitoring liver function. If you know you have hepatitis A early enough, you might be able to stop the infection if you get a dose of the hepatitis A vaccine or something called hepatitis A immune globulin.

Hepatitis B, when chronic, can often be treated successfully. The most commonly used drugs to treat chronic hepatitis B are:

  • Entecavir (Baraclude®).
  • Telbivudine (Tyzeka®).
  • Tenofovir alafenamide (Vemlidy®).
  • Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (Viread®).
  • Interferon alfa-2b (Intron A®).
  • Peginterferon alfa-2a (Pegasys®).

For hepatitis C, the following drugs are used:

  • Simeprevir (Olysio®).
  • Daclatasvir (Daklinza®).
  • Sofosbuvir (Solvadi®); sofusbuvir/velpatasvir (Epclusa®); sofusbuvir/velpatasvir/voxilaprevir (Vosevi®); ledipasvir/sofosbuvir (Harvoni®).
  • Ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir (Technivie®); ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir/dasabuvir (Viekira® Pak, Viekira® XR).
  • Elbasivir/grazoprevir (Zepatier®).
  • Glecaprevir/pibrentasvir (Mavyret®).

These new drugs are sometimes given with older drugs like ribavirin and peginterferon alfa-2a and peginterferon-2b. You might have to take these medicines for some time, even as long as six months.

If you have chronic hepatitis D, your doctor may prescribe drugs with interferons and might also add medicines for hepatitis B. Hepatitis E treatments include peginterferon alfa-2a and ribavirin.

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