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Can you take supplements if you have hepatitis C?

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Talk to your doctor before you take supplements if you have hep C. Some can cause severe liver injury. Supplements and herbs aren't regulated by the FDA in the same way as medications. They don't go through the same tough testing to see if they're safe and effective. Some common natural products that can be risky for your liver are:

Weight loss products can also harm your liver. So can large doses of vitamin and mineral supplements. These include iron and vitamins A, D, E, and K.

  • Chaparral
  • JinBuHuan
  • Germander
  • Comfrey, mate, and Gordolobo yerba teas
  • Mistletoe
  • Skullcap
  • Pennyroyal (squaw mint oil)
  • Margosa oil
  • Kava
  • Yohimbe

SOURCES:

Project Inform: "Towards a healthy liver."

CDC: "Hepatitis C: Living with Chronic Hepatitis C."

American College of Gastroenterology: "Medications and the Liver."

HCRC VA Hepatitis C Resource Centers: "Cirrhosis: A Patient's Guide."

Hepatitis Foundation International: "Caution! Herbs and Nutritional Supplements."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "What I need to know about cirrhosis."

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on October 16, 2019

SOURCES:

Project Inform: "Towards a healthy liver."

CDC: "Hepatitis C: Living with Chronic Hepatitis C."

American College of Gastroenterology: "Medications and the Liver."

HCRC VA Hepatitis C Resource Centers: "Cirrhosis: A Patient's Guide."

Hepatitis Foundation International: "Caution! Herbs and Nutritional Supplements."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "What I need to know about cirrhosis."

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on October 16, 2019

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