Hepatitis C Treatment for Transplant Patients
Hepatitis C is a disease caused by a virus that
infects the liver. Over time, it scars the liver and
can lead to liver failure, liver cancer and death.
The virus stays in the body unless it is treated
with medicine. Hepatitis C can also cause many
issues outside of the liver, such as body aches,
fatigue, memory issues, as well as nerve and
There are many medicines that can treat the
virus. Treatment plans are chosen for each
person based on:
ξ viral load
ξ stage of liver disease
ξ kidney function
ξ insurance coverage
The treatment plan will include taking
medicines, blood tests, and clinic visits. Your
care team will review your treatment plan in
great detail with you as you prepare to begin
1. Review handouts about your medicines.
These will explain how to take them, what to
do if you miss a dose, and what to expect
2. Take all medicines as directed at the same
times each day. Every dose counts!
3. Do not start, stop, or change any medicines
during your treatment until you review with
your care team.
4. Keep track of your medicine supply and plan
ξ Call ahead for refills. Most
pharmacies have to order these
medicines, so they often need a few
days to get them ready.
ξ Bring your hepatitis C medicines with
you if you are coming to clinic, going
to an emergency room, or being
admitted to the hospital.
ξ If you are travelling, take a supply
with you for a few extra days, just in
case you are delayed.
5. Report any side effects or problems you have
with your medicines. Some common side
effects are headache, fatigue, sleep problems,
and nausea. Other side effects are more
serious and require changes in the treatment
6. Getting blood tests during treatment is very
important. This helps to check for side
effects and to see if the treatment is working.
7. You must complete the full course of
treatment, even if your virus becomes
negative while on the medicines.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you have any
questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This is not medical advice.
This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each person’s health needs are different,
you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using this information. If you have an emergency,
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