Hepatitis C treatment has evolved with time at very dramatic and surprising levels. From a journey that started with frequent injections and multiple pills treatments with an overload of side effects to a single pill a day treatment and minimal side effects such as headache and fatigue- the entire process has been quite a miracle. What’s more, Hep C treatment is evolving every minute more so to make the treatment better, quick and inexpensive for the patients. It is quite a relief for the doctors and scientists too to see their patients less troubled. Let’s read on to find out more about need for newer lines of treatment and what to expect in the future.
Why Hepatitis C Treatment Needed a Development?
Hepatitis C is a perilous disease and many people lost their life to its clutches. Although it’s a viral disease but it badly affects the health of your liver and can sometimes cause fatal liver cancer too. The line of treatment for Hep C has always been very dicey and difficult to follow. There once was a long list of medication pills and injections that caused unending side effects, reactions and indications in the patients making their lives further miserable. Although the medicines were given to heal the patients and their liver, but their prolonged use often caused more liver damage than doing any good. Liver transplants were caused due to prolonged Hepatitis C and the medicines together, which was a difficult as well as an expensive affair. The cure rate and recovery rate were as low as not being there at all but with continuous efforts and determination, better medications were evolved that increased the success rate and recovery rate too.
For almost 20 years, the standard treatment for Hepatitis C was Interferon shot along with Ribavirin pills but these medicines cured a very small number of patients and did much harm to the rest. These medicines, especially, Interferon comes with a long list of side effects and indications causing headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, weakness, low blood cell count, gastroenteritis, diarrhea, abdominal pains, muscle cramps and joints pains to name a few. The larger damage it did was to the liver of the patient which was already fighting the HCV. All in all, the HCV patients had no resort or rescue point.
Many patients suffered from critical and acute liver damage that costs their lives although they recovered from Hepatitis C after a long struggle but it was totally not worth it.
Let’s Take A Look At The History Of Hepatitis C Treatment So Far
After Interferon and Ribavirin, FDA approved Harvoni® which contains Ledipasvir and Sofosbuvir. Harvoni® is significantly useful in curing Hepatitis C genotype 1. Genotype HCV is the most commonly form Hep C in the entire USA. Although it does not cure genotype 2,3,4 or 5 Hep c virus, but among genotype 1 patients, this has worked like a wonder drug. The side effects of Harvoni® are significantly lower compared to Interferon and Ribavirin. Talking about cure rate and recovery time also, a patient is usllau expected to recover within a time span of 8 to 12 weeks after starting the therapy. It is a single pill a day type of treatment and there are no injections and pricking involved! This has given the doctors as well as the patients a lot of relief.
After Harvoni®, FDA also approved Zepatier in 2016. This medicine contains Elbasvir and Grazoprevir. The side effects of Zepatier are also few and recovery rate is much better than previous Hep C medicines. There are many other newed drugs approved by the FDA such as Daclatasvir (Daklinza), Ombitasvir-paritaprevir-ritonavir (Technivie), Ombitasvir-paritaprevir-ritonavir plus dasabuvir (Viekira Pak), and Simeprevir (Olysio). These are designed for different HCV genotype and your past treatments and your medical practitioner will only be able to analyze which medicine will work best on you considering your entire medical report.
Although most common side effects of Hep C medication are reduced in most of these medicines, the FDA has issued a warning about liver damage and contraindications of these new drugs with cholesterol medicines and gastroenteritis treatments. This makes it essential to share your complete medical history, background and ongoing medications with your doctor before getting the prescription for Hepatitis C.
What made things better?
Doctors and scientists continuous worked hard to roll out better treatment options for Hep C virus and introduce medicines with high efficiency and low side effects. The recovery time or treatment duration was also a huge cause of worry as the patient virtually dies out in a recovery time span of a year or so. Getting pricked every week for an injection that gives you terrible fever and pains was yet another concern for the patients. Keeping all these points in mind, the scientist developed anti-virals for curing Hepatitis C. these anti-virals were approved by the FDA in 2014 and since then, the story of Hepatitis C has changed forever.
Not only has the multiple pills and injections treatment squeezed down to single pill a day treatment, the reduced side effects and recovery in 12 weeks has made a significant impact. The cure rate has drastically improved to 98%. The doctors are surprised, excited and yet hopeful to soon some out with even better line of treatment for Hepatitis C before long.
What gives hope to the entire world is the fact that the scientists are already working dedicatedly to develop a vaccine for Hepatitis C virus as attacking the virus directly is what is going to save the world from it and eradicate this fatal disease completely.
What to expect in the future?
Although the treatment of Hepatitis C has improved drastically, scientists are still hopeful to see some significant and groundbreaking inventions in the near future. The doctors are already working hard to come out with a universal HCV medicine that can cure all genotypes in one go instead of different medicines for different types of Hepatitis C. They are also aiming at getting 100% cure rate instead of the present 98%. The advancements are taking place at a very fast pace and we might be able to see an all together different picture of Hepatitis C few months down from here.
The expense matter
We are all aware of the fact that Hepatitis C new drugs are extremely expensive and all medical insurance companies do not cover for it wholly and they pay for critically ill patients only. Although the newer medicines in the future are expected to be more affordable, the experts suggest working out with your pharmacy to get additional discounts or try to buy from the drug manufacturer directly.
Hepatitis C Treatment Expenses
Treatment of Hepatitis C with new drugs can be a very expensive deal. Instead of spending a fortune on these medications, ask your health insurance company for programs you can benefit from and get financial aid from your insurer for your treatment.
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