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How to Stop Hep C Treatments

by Paul Dohrman
  • Overview

    Hepatitis C is a blood-borne disease that degrades the liver. The hepatitis C virus (HCV) can be transmitted through blood transfusions (before 1992), tattoo needles and shared hypodermic needles. The way to stop hepatitis C treatments is to use a permanent solution that fully eradicates the virus, namely anti-viral medication from your doctor. Many do-it-yourselfers go years treating their hepatitis C with alternative medicines, milk thistle by far being the most common. Though it has demonstrated occasional reduction in symptoms, it doesn't seem to have any effect on viral activity and liver inflammation.
 
  • Step 1

    Meet with your doctor. She will prescribe a regimen of multiple medications to take for several weeks. Follow the doctor's instructions exactly to maximize your chance of this being the last treatment needed.
  • Step 2

    Return to the doctor's office after the course of treatment is over. The doctor will test your blood again for HCV. If it is not gone, you will be put on another course of the medications. Again, take them faithfully. Some patients experience depression and flu-like symptoms (headache, fever, and fatigue) from the medication, but try to tough it out. For the treatment to stop, the course must be completed and the HCV eradicated.
  • Step 3

    Get vaccinated against hepatitis A and hepatitis B. They could complicate your hepatitis C treatment.
  • Step 4

    Consider a liver transplant, if the liver is extremely damaged. This does not end anti-viral treatment though, since the virus is elsewhere in the body too, and will infect the new liver without post-operative anti-viral treatment.
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  • Do not replace proven conventional treatments for hepatitis C with alternative medicine that is unproven. Otherwise, the virus will survive and though the conventional hepatitis treatment has ended, the hepatitis hasn't been eliminated.
  • Do not replace proven conventional treatments for hepatitis C with alternative medicine that is unproven. Otherwise, the virus will survive and though the conventional hepatitis treatment has ended, the hepatitis hasn't been eliminated.
  • The way to stop treatments is to take one that permanently gets rid of the virus, which no do-it-yourself supplementation seems to do, even when alternative medicine users are observed in studies testing conventional treatments.
  • The way to stop treatments is to take one that permanently gets rid of the virus, which no do-it-yourself supplementation seems to do, even when alternative medicine users are observed in studies testing conventional treatments.

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