Hepatitis C is usually not treated unless it becomes chronic. Chronic hepatitis C is treated with medicines that slow or stop the virus from damaging the liver. Your doctor will closely watch your symptoms and schedule regular blood tests to make sure that the treatment is working.

Chronic hepatitis C is most often treated with a combination of drugs called interferons (injections) and ribavirin (oral drug) that attack the hepatitis C virus. Earlier, the treatment used to last from 24 to 48 weeks.

New drugs have greatly improved the treatment of hepatitis C in recent years. Success rates are very high — around 90% for all strains of the hepatitis C virus. Even more heartening for many people is that these drugs are oral, i.e. pills rather than injections, and shorten the total time required for treatment. However, depending on the viral strain, they may have to be taken along with other drugs — in some cases, along with injectable medications.

One such drug that has been recently approved for hepatitis C treatment in India, in combination with ribavirin and/or interferons, is sofosbuvir.

Sofosbuvir is orally administered and works by blocking the replication of the hepatitis C virus. It has shown excellent response rates and tolerability in various clinical studies. Talk with your doctor if you have questions about these treatments.