Importance of Adhering to Your Treatment Plan
Now that you’ve made the decision to pursue treatment for your Hepatitis C infection, you’ll want to do everything you can to make it a success. Adherence to Hepatitis C is an important predictor of successful treatment. When it comes to medications, this means that you want to “adhere” to taking them as prescribed – meaning taking the right dose, the right way, at the right time, for as long necessary.
The goal of using medications to treat Hepatitis C is to:
- Clear the Hepatitis C virus from your body
- Prevent or slow down scarring of your liver
- Reduce your chance of developing cirrhosis and liver cancer
Proper adherence to Hepatitis C therapy will increase your chance of being cured, decrease the long-term complications of Hepatitis C, and prevent your body from possibly becoming resistant to the protease inhibitors (boceprevir and telaprevir) for those people on triple therapy.
Adhering to other aspects of your treatment plan is also important. Keeping your medical appointments and getting the necessary lab tests will help to maximize your chance of treatment success and minimize potential problems.