Meds for Hep C
Right now, the treatment for hepatitis C (Hep C) is the best it has ever been.
The most common effective therapy is a combination of peg- interferon (pegylated interferon) and ribavirin. Peg-interferon is sometimes called Pegasys or Pegetron depending on the company that makes the drug. Ribavirin is sometimes called Copegus or Pegetron.
Peg-interferon is given once a week by injection with a small needle (by a healthcare provider or by you). Ribavirin is taken every day in a pill form.
Length of treatment
How long you take the treatment depends on which genotype (strain) of Hep C virus you have and how the virus responds to treatment.
- For genotype 1, which takes longer to respond to treatment, treatment can last up to 48 weeks (about a year).
- For genotypes 2 and 3, which respond faster to treatment, treatment is 24 weeks (about six months).
- For genotypes 4, 5 and 6, treatment is 48 weeks (about a year).
Your healthcare provider will be able to tell you which genotype you have. Most people in Canada have genotype 1.
New meds for genotype 1 Hep C
There are two new meds for people with genotype 1 Hep C. The new meds are called boceprevir (Victrelis) and telaprevir (Incivek).
People who take one of these new meds will also take peg-interferon and ribavirin. Talk with a doctor or nurse for more information and to see if one of these new treatments could be right for you.