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How do medications treat hepatitis?

Medications are not used to treat hepatitis A and hepatitis B. Hepatitis C and autoimmune hepatitis can be treated with antivirus medications; autoimmune hepatitis can also be treated with corticosteroids. Toxic hepatitis caused by acetaminophen can be treated with an antidote called acetylcysteine, most helpfully if given within 24 hours of the overdose.

Your doctor may need to adjust dosage amounts of all your medications and supplements until your liver is healthy enough to process the drugs. Vaccines for hepatitis A and B are used to prevent family and friends close to someone with hepatitis A or B from becoming infected.

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