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Hepatitis C is usually treated with combined therapy, consisting of:
Interferon—given by injection
Nucleotide analog inhibitor—to treat chronic hepatitis C
These medicines can cause difficult side effects. They also have limited success rates.
You will be advised to stop drinking alcohol and smoking, which can further damage your liver, especially when undergoing treatment. If you have problems stopping alcohol, your doctor can refer you to counseling or a treatment program. There are several ways to successfully quit smoking.
In unsuccessful cases, chronic hepatitis C can cause cirrhosis and serious liver damage. A liver transplant may be needed, although it does not typically cure hepatitis C.
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