HEPATITIS

Amber Pharmacy’s Hepatitis Center of Excellence offers personalized patient care, access to needed medications and the clinical support necessary to promote medication adherence and compliance for patients with hepatitis.

Each patient with hepatitis is assigned a healthcare team. This team has extensive experience with patients with hepatitis and provides support for the clinical, physical, financial, educational and emotional needs of patients and their caregivers.

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Amber Pharmacy is Here to Help

To make managing hepatitis easier for you, Amber Pharmacy’s enrollment and benefit coordinators will help you with your insurance coverage and will work with you to find the best way to pay for your medication. Personal care coordinators will remind you when it’s time to refill your medication so you receive the most effective treatment possible. Our team also has experts in managing hepatitis and will help you with your treatment—including how to take your medication and manage side effects.  At Amber Pharmacy, we’re always here to help.

“Working with patients with hepatitis is beyond rewarding. When I talk to patients, I can feel the relief and excitement when they are on the road to being cured.”

 

— Laura Lierman
Amber Pharmacy Senior Enrollment Specialist

Laura Lierman

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Hepatitis

What is hepatitis C Virus (HCV)?

HCV is a disease caused by a virus that infects the liver and leads to scarring and liver damage or failure. It can also cause liver cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 2.7 million people in the U.S. have HCV.

What are the symptoms of HCV?

When people first get HCV, they usually feel normal. Symptoms of HCV may include:

  • Tiredness
  • Fever
  • Nausea or not wanting to eat
  • Soreness on the right side of the belly
What causes HCV?

HCV is caused by the hepatitis C virus. It’s spread when blood containing the virus enters your blood stream. HCV is not spread by hugging, kissing, holding hands, coughing or sneezing. It can be spread by sharing needles or needle stick injuries or by being born to a mother with HCV. It is less commonly spread through sex or sharing personal items, like a razor or toothbrush.

What kind of treatments are there?

Treating HCV has greatly improved with new medications. Thanks to these new medications, it’s now possible to cure HCV. Your healthcare provider will decide which treatment option is best for you. Treatment may last 8 to 24 weeks depending on your specific condition. It’s very important to take your medication exactly as instructed for the best possible results. During and after treatment, your healthcare provider will check your blood regularly to be sure the virus is gone.

It’s also very important to tell your healthcare provider and pharmacist about all of the medications you are taking, including those purchased without a prescription, as well as any vitamins or herbal products. While you are being treated for HCV, never take any new medications without checking with your healthcare provider and pharmacist first.

Are there side effects from the medication?

Side effects of HCV treatment can include:

  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Not wanting to eat
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea or constipation
How do I manage these side effects?

Medication can affect each patient differently. Amber Pharmacy works with patients to help manage any side effects that occur. It’s important to discuss any side effects that you experience with your pharmacist or doctor early.

 

Hepatitis Resources

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We understand that the treatment of hepatitis involves much more than simply dispensing medication. In all that we do we provide respectful, reliable, patient-centered care. 

Get in touch with us

Amber Pharmacy is here to help with any inquiries. Visit our contact page to send us an email or give us a call.