Hepatitis Drugs Demonstrate Potential in Breaking Life Cycle of Novel Coronaviru
Posted by Ajinkya on April 29th, 2021
Hepatitis refers to an inflammatory condition of the liver. It's commonly caused by a viral infection, but there are other possible causes of hepatitis. The condition can be classified as hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. Hepatitis treatment guidelines focus primarily on improving lifestyle and drug therapy to reduce the risk for liver damage related to both hepatitis A and hepatitis B. Some patients receive a combination of both drugs and anti-HBV medication.
There are various kinds of hepatitis drugs that can help in treating the diseases. These include, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, the anti-cancer drugs, antibiotics, antivirals, and anti-tuberculosis drugs. The most common type is Hepatase inhibitors. These are prescribed to people who do not respond well to traditional therapy or who have been exposed to HIV. Hepatase inhibitors can also be taken along with other Hepatitis drugs. A Hepatase inhibitor is given to help the body's immune system fight off the infection.
Another form of hepatitis drug is an anti-viral and are usually given to people with strong immune systems who are also at risk for hepatitis. This type of drug works by stopping the virus from replicating. The body's immune system will then fight off the viral infection. Antiviral medications include, entecavir (Baraclude), tenofovir (Viread), lamivudine (Epivir), adefovir (Hepsera) and telbivudine (Tyzeka). Apart from being used in the treatment of various types of hepatitis, these drugs have found application in the treatment of Covid-19. Sofosbuvir triphosphate, in combination with Remdesivir, has found to be incorporated by SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2 polymerases, which halts the polymerase reaction.
The non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen, acetaminophen and naproxen are used in combination with hepatitis drugs such as Metronidazole, Diflucan, Nizoral and Tirofir which help in the prevention of inflammation of the liver. However, these drugs are not able to stop the progression of the disease and cannot help in curing hepatitis.
Hepatitis drugs like Aminophylline and Phentermine are prescribed to the patients suffering from Hepatitis A. These drugs help in reducing the swelling of the liver and thus reducing the pain associated with the disease. Hepatitis C treatment guidelines focus primarily on controlling the spread of HCV from one person to another by inhibiting the ability of the infected individual to pass it on. Most often, doctors prescribe drugs that have anti-HBV activity. These drugs include, interferons and ribavirin. Hepatitis C medications are available in the form of injectable, oral, or topical products. Injectable Hepatitis C drugs such as acyclovir and valacyclovir are available over the counter. Oral Hepatitis C medications such as doxycycline are prescribed for short periods of time. These medications are typically used for moderate Hepatitis C symptoms. The most common side effects associated with these medications include nausea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps.
Topical treatments are used for people with mild Hepatitis C symptoms. Topical creams containing cotrimoxazole are often prescribed for patients experiencing fever, pain, and itching associated with the disease. Corticosteroid ointments such as prednisone are also often used to treat inflammation and pain. These medications can cause temporary drowsiness and lightheadedness.
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