Hepatitis C Survivor  

Things NOT To Do When You Are Treating Hepatitis C

Written By:  Teri Gottlieb



Saying Yes: Do not say yes to people, if you do not have the strength to do something with them or for them. Learn to say NO. The time you spend on treatment needs to be all about you. This will be one of the most important things that you do. In order to insure your success, saying NO is something you'll need to learn to do.

Tanning Beds: Stay away from tanning beds. Due to the photosensitivity caused by tx drugs, serious burns and blisters have been experienced.

Sun exposure: Stay out of the sun as much as possible. Be watchful! Due to photosensitivity caused by tx drugs, serious burns and blisters have been experienced. Wear a high SPF sunscreen, preferably an organic product and a hat.

Milk Thistle: Might interfere with  treatment drugs. It speeds up liver metabolism, resulting in medication possibly being prematurely eliminated from the blood stream. Google ‘milk thistle drug interaction’ for more information. Milk thistle can also produce allergic reactions among people with ragweed, marigold, chrysanthemum and daisy allergies.

Grapefruit: The naringin/naringenin in this citrus fruit might interfere with drugs. It can enhance the amount and/or the length of time medications stay in the blood stream. Google ‘grapefruit drug interaction’ for more information. Other citrus fruits like bitter orange, sour oranges as Seville oranges, pomelo and tangelo have a similar effect. Sweet oranges, tangerines and lemons are considered safe.

Medications: Do not take without your doctor’s consent. Certain drugs can be damaging to your liver or even fatal, when taken together with other drugs, so ALWAYS consult with your doctor.

Supplements: Do not take without your doctor’s consent. Even supplements can interact with medications, and be sure they do NOT contain any iron. Some vitamins are stored in the fat of the body (vitamins A, D, E, K) and can become toxic, if taken in high doses over a prolonged period of time. Extra amounts of them should be avoided to prevent overload and toxic complications.Iron: Do NOT take iron supplements, they should be avoided to prevent overload and toxic complications in the liver. Discuss this with your doctor.

Raw Seafood: Liver disease puts you at an increased risk for the bacterial infection vibrio vulnificus.

Alcohol: It is damaging to the liver and interferes with medications. Drinking with Hepatitis C is like pouring gasoline on a raging fire. It's not a good idea.

Fatty/Fried Foods: It is better to avoid these, as they are difficult for your liver to digest.

Bulk Fiber: Do not take BULK FIBER like psyllium husk, bran, flax, clay, etc. within 1 hour before or after any medications, as they will bind with them and transport them out of your body.