Acetyl-L-carnitine May Improve Health Quality of Life for Patients with Hepatitis C
In this study, researchers found that supplementation with acetyl-L-carnitine may offer marked benefits to chronic hepatitis B patients. Sixty patients with chronic hepatitis C underwent treatment with pegylated-interferon-a 2b (Peg-IFN-a 2b) + ribavirin (RBV) (group A; n=29) or Peg-IFN-a 2b + RBV + ALC (group B; n=31) for 12 months. At the end of the study, patients treated with ALC supplementation in conjunction with standard treatment benefited from lowered levels of liver damage and a higher sustained virological response. They also benefitted from greater mental and physical well-being and enjoyed an improved health related quality of life, which in turn might prompt better adherence to treatment regime. These results suggest that supplementation with acetyl-L-carnitine may be of significant benefit in decreasing fatigue and improving quality of life in persons with hepatitis C.
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