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Hepatitis C And Xanax
Alprazolam is a short acting benzodiazepine, it does not last long in the system . So when used regularly with multiple doses to treat anxiety, it is associated with inter-dose withdrawal, tolerance and a resulting increase level of baseline anxiety. So in anxiety clinics, we use it only in cases of " flight , dentist or other infrequent anxieties, ...Read more
Cirrhosis?: Recommendations for people with hepatitis c and cirrhosis include avoiding all alcohol, vaccinations for hepatitis a and b if never exposed, ultrasound for liver cancer every six months, endoscopy to look for enlarged veins in the esophagus, limit tylenol (acetaminophen) and discuss all meds with your doctor, and develop a plan for treatment of hepatitis c. Regular doctor visits for monitoring are critical. ...Read more
Won't get transplant: I'm not saying it makes sense, but in some jurisdictions, you can be taken off the list for liver transplantation solely because you use -- or even have used -- marijuana. I am not making this up. This is "politics as usual." and this is in contrast to how having ruined your liver doing alcohol in the first place and being very likely to revert -- you can still get your transplant. ...Read more
Can hepatitis b vaccine taken when sgot and sgpt values are high and test for hep b non reactive ?
Yes: The vaccine does not affect the liver. It involves the immune system which produces antibodies to protect against hep b and prevent further damage to the liver. ...Read more
While I'm taking Sovaldi 400mg and Moderiba(Ribavirin,USP) 600mg/600mg for hep c genotype 3!! Would smoking cigaretts interfere with my treatment???
It might: Sovaldi is affected by a number of drugs which induce the enzymes that metabolize it, and tobacco smoke does cause enzyme induction of similar enzymes in the liver. Of more concern, several studies have shown that smokers had more scarring in their livers, although they could not separate this effect completely from the effects of alcohol, since those who smoke more tend to drink more. ...Read more
Can you get hep c drinking out of someone with hep c glass of water thinking it was your own and is hep c curable?
Take it easy: Hepatitis-c infection is spread through sharing needles, receiving blood products, sexual contact; etc. It does not spread through digesting food or water. Good luck ! ...Read more
Yes: Yes, although if there is significant liver damage, the Bumex doesn't work as well. ...Read more
First things first: If the hep c is amendable to treatment, that would be the best way to do. Coffee may help. ...Read more
Hep B vaccine: You should be vaccinated against hepatitis a & b. Unfortunately there is not yet a vaccine for c. The more common cause of cld is non-alcoholic steatorrheic (or fatty liver), but there are several other causes for which you should be evaluated, several of them uncommon, but need exclusion. See a GI doctor with interest in liver disease. ...Read more
No: About 25% of people who have hcv antibodies, indicating that they were exposed to this virus, will have spontaneously cleared the infection through their immune response. The only way to know if you actually have active infection is to test for hcv RNA (viral load). If the RNA is detected the person has active infection and could have liver damage. ...Read more
Vitamins: Neurobion forte is a tablet that containing b vitamins that are used in metabolism in the body. They are helpful in the maintenance of skin and teeth, muscle development and muscle tone, and nervous system function. The immune system also depends on various b vitamins, as do cells that grow and divide rapidly, such as red blood cells. Should not hurt the liver. ...Read more