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Ask the Right Questions at Your Next Doctor's Appointment

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What is the reason for this appointment?

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Has a doctor diagnosed you or your loved one with hepatitis C?

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Most important questions to ask about Hepatitis C

Top 10 Questions about Hepatitis C

  1. What is hepatitis C and what causes it?
  2. How will hepatitis C affect my daily life and long-term health, including my risk of cirrhosis and liver cancer?
  3. How can I keep my liver as healthy as possible and avoid or delay liver damage?
  4. What precautions do I need to take to protect others from becoming infected with my hepatitis C?
  5. Will I need follow-up tests and if so, how often will I need them?
  6. What are the symptoms of hepatitis C?
  7. What are my treatment options for hepatitis C?
  8. What are the considerations for starting hepatitis C medications early vs. later and what do you recommend for me?
  9. What can I expect from my hepatitis C medication and how long will it take to start working?
  1. What is hepatitis C and what causes it?
  2. Is hepatitis C curable or controllable?
  3. What unique health issues do women with hepatitis C have?
  4. How will hepatitis C affect my daily life and long-term health, including my risk of cirrhosis and liver cancer?
  5. Do I have liver damage and if so, how much damage?
  6. How can I keep my liver as healthy as possible and avoid or delay liver damage?
  7. How will I know if my hepatitis C is progressing or getting worse?
  8. What types of healthcare providers, such as a hepatologist, do I need to see and when?
  9. What precautions do I need to take to protect others from becoming infected with my hepatitis C?
  10. Are there any symptoms of hepatitis C that should alert me to call you?
  11. Will I need follow-up tests and if so, how often will I need them?
  12. What are the symptoms of hepatitis C?
  13. Could my hepatitis C symptoms be caused by another medical condition?
  14. How is hepatitis C diagnosed?
  15. Can my primary care doctor diagnose hepatitis C or will I need to see a specialist?
  16. Who is most likely to contract hepatitis C?
  17. What are my treatment options for hepatitis C?
  18. What might happen if I do nothing to treat my hepatitis C?
  19. What are the considerations for starting hepatitis C medications early vs. later and what do you recommend for me?
  20. Do I need to get vaccinated for hepatitis A and hepatitis B?
  21. Are there lifestyle changes I can make to improve my liver health and support my treatment?
  22. How will I know if my treatment plan is working well or if it needs to be changed?
  23. When is liver transplantation indicated?
  24. Should I consider enrolling in a clinical trial?
  25. What support groups and services are available to help me and my loved ones deal with my hepatitis C?
  26. What can I expect from my hepatitis C medication and how long will it take to start working?
  27. Do I need to take my hepatitis C medications even if I'm feeling fine?
  28. How and when should I take my medication and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  29. How long will I need to take my hepatitis C medication?
  30. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my hepatitis C medication?

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Top 10 Questions about Hepatitis C

  1. What is hepatitis C and what causes it?
  2. How will hepatitis C affect my daily life and long-term health, including my risk of cirrhosis and liver cancer?
  3. How can I keep my liver as healthy as possible and avoid or delay liver damage?
  4. What precautions do I need to take to protect others from becoming infected with my hepatitis C?
  5. Will I need follow-up tests and if so, how often will I need them?
  6. What are the symptoms of hepatitis C?
  7. What are my treatment options for hepatitis C?
  8. What are the considerations for starting hepatitis C medications early vs. later and what do you recommend for me?
  9. What can I expect from my hepatitis C medication and how long will it take to start working?

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS; Sarah Lewis, PharmD. Last Annual Review Date: Dec. 23, 2015 Copyright: © Copyright 2015 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the Healthgrades User Agreement.

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

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