Treatment goals

The goal of a PBC treatment plan should be to help slow damage to the bile ducts and lower alkaline phosphatase (ALP) levels.

There are treatments available for PBC, so it is important to make sure your treatment plan is right for you.

  • Once you have a treatment plan in place, connect with your healthcare team often to keep track of your progress.
  • Because PBC is chronic, it is important that you and your healthcare team also make long-term treatment goals.

When people respond well to treatment:

  • Their ALP levels decrease
  • Their disease progression can slow down
  • Liver transplant may not be necessary
  • They could live longer than if they had not treated their PBC

It is important to start treatment early because medicine may work best in people whose PBC is still in the early stages.

People who don't respond well to treatment are at the highest risk for disease progression. To make sure you are responding to treatment:

  • Have your healthcare provider check your ALP every 3 to 6 months
  • Ask your healthcare provider to monitor your ALP level to make sure it is not elevated or increasing
  • Work with your healthcare provider to find the treatment plan that will best help lower your ALP level

Are you tracking your ALP level?


PBC Living® is an app made for people with PBC that can help you:

  • Save your liver enzyme test results (ALP and bilirubin)
  • Track those results over time to see how well your treatment is working

Start tracking to help you and your healthcare team make the PBC treatment plan that is best for you.

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