Importance of Adhering to Your Treatment Plan

Once you begin treatment for your Hepatitis C infection, you’ll want to do everything you can to make it a success.  Adherence to your Hepatitis C medication regimen 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 as prescribed.

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 and decrease the long-term complications of Hepatitis C.

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.

This page has been updated and medically reviewed April 2015.