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How can alcohol affect treatment of hepatitis C?

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Hep C drugs help you clear the virus out of your liver. But alcohol can keep them from doing that as well as they should. And drinking can make it harder for you to remember to take your meds on time.

Alcohol also can worsen side effects of interferon treatments, which include depression.

If you have cirrhosis or are waiting for a liver transplant due to your hep C, you can’t drink any alcohol.

From: Alcohol and Hepatitis C WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: "Alcohol and Hepatitis C."

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: "Viral Hepatitis."

American Liver Foundation.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Cirrhosis."

Hepatitis C Trust, UK: "Alcohol."

University Hospital Southampton: "Your Hepatitis C Treatment."

U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: "Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Appendix 9: Alcohol."

International Alliance for Responsible Drinking.

Virginia Mason Medical Center: "Frequently Asked Questions About Hepatitis C."

HCVAdvocate.org: "HCV Negative: A Guide to Healthy Living Without Hepatitis C."

CDC: "Hepatitis C FAQs for Health Professionals."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 11, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: "Alcohol and Hepatitis C."

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: "Viral Hepatitis."

American Liver Foundation.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Cirrhosis."

Hepatitis C Trust, UK: "Alcohol."

University Hospital Southampton: "Your Hepatitis C Treatment."

U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: "Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Appendix 9: Alcohol."

International Alliance for Responsible Drinking.

Virginia Mason Medical Center: "Frequently Asked Questions About Hepatitis C."

HCVAdvocate.org: "HCV Negative: A Guide to Healthy Living Without Hepatitis C."

CDC: "Hepatitis C FAQs for Health Professionals."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 11, 2018

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