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Jan 13, 2002

I would like to thank you all for the time and effort you spend on this forum.1)Can we treat Hepatitise A,b and c? 2)If yes,how are they treated,and how long would it take with them? 3)What is the most difficult one to be treated? Thanks in advance

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Hepatitis A is a self-limited infection that does not require any specific treatment, except monitoring for complications and preventing transmission to other close personal contacts. It does not become a chronic infection.

Hep B may be a chronic infection. Approved treatments are lamivudine and interferon.

Hep C often is a chronic infection. Many patient treated with interferon and ribavirin have a sustained virological response (almost synonymous with "cure"). The pegylated (or long-acting) interferons in combination with ribavirin are most effective. Genotype 1 is the most difficult type of hepatitis C to treat while genotypes 2 and 3 respond mcuh better to these drugs.



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