Therapies for hepatitis C

Mayo Clinic doctors have many treatments for hepatitis C, an infection caused by a virus that attacks your liver. If hepatitis causes severe damage to your liver, you may need a liver transplant. In addition, you may need to take medications to keep the condition from returning after your transplant.

Doctors study which immunosuppressive medications may be most appropriate for people with hepatitis C who have had liver transplants, and which medications may reduce the chances of hepatitis C returning. Doctors also study the use of antiviral therapy before or after liver transplant for some people with hepatitis C. In addition, doctors conduct research to determine which donor or recipient risk factors may affect the chance of hepatitis C recurring.