Hepatitis C Care: Foods and Drugs to Avoid

Foods, Medications and Hepatitis C Patients

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The liver serves as the chemical processing organ of the body. Among the important roles it plays is the metabolism (in the sense of catabolism and/or anabolism) of the materials that enter your body.  Unfortunately, the liver is sometimes vulnerable to the relatively common disease called hepatitis C. This may cause the substances that you consume to stay there in molecular form without being filtered aptly; this can affect the vital organs, especially the liver.

With the many medications given to hepatitis C patients, it’s important that these individuals are meticulous in taking them. While food and medicines are usually the foci of people with hepatitis C, it’s necessary to be aware of the harmful bits and pieces as well as drugs that the person with hepatitis should dodge.

Food and Drinks to Avoid

  • Alcohol: This is a big no-no. If you’re a hepatitis C patient, you must be aware of the hazard of alcohols in your system. If you don’t already know, alcohol has a high gist of toxins. What’s worse is that even a moderate intake of alcohol can still inflate the progression of this liver disease. Per statistical health studies, alcohol can also lessen the efficiency of hepatitis C- treatments themselves.
  • Foods with high fat content: Fatty foods are one of the foods that hepatitis C sufferers ought to avoid. According to a study, foods jam-packed with saturated fat are meats, poultry skins, bacon, sausages, cheese, and other fatty items. Hepatitis C patients out there should definitely avoid these. Researchers reveal that people suffering from hepatitis C should also avoid baked goods, such as cookies and cakes.
  • Salty foods: Sodium is also imprudent for individuals with hepatitis C, since table salt (sodium) is a known culprit in high blood pressure. In fact, one of the reasons why health organizations put labels on food items is that there are sundry products that have high sodium content, which is bad for anyone, even if you don’t have hepatitis. It just turns even worse if you do have it. According to past investigations, the most common sources of high sodium are food seasonings, powdered sauces, soup mixes, gravy, meats, peanut butter, and muffins. With this in mind, hepatitis C patients should really bypass junk food.
  • Foods with a whole lot of sugar: Sugary food is also on the list for avoidance.  This includes soft drinks, sports drinks, sweetened beverages, cookies, candies, brownies and cake. In addition, certain cereals that have a lot of sugar, baked beans, salad dressings, and processed fruits should also be excluded from the diet.

Drugs to Avoid

Regardless of the treatments and the moderation in taking them, street drugs in general are harmful to people suffering from hepatitis C. As an example, marijuana can speed up the rate of liver scarring. Other drugs have other dissenting effects on your condition, so be sure to avoid them. They may also lead to reinfection. Moreover, cigarettes should also be avoided, as they can multiply the risk of hepatitis C.

If you have cirrhosis or scarring of the liver because of hepatitis C, then you should be very wary in choosing drugs for your medicinal use. Here are some of the medications that you might want to avoid, depending on your clinical situation:

  • Tylenol: This can fashion a toxic by-product that damages the liver cells. Pairing this with alcohol intake is prejudicial. Chances are that platelets will decrease, and these are very significant in blood clotting.
  • Advil: Sometimes, hepatitis C patients have fluids manifest in their abdomen. In this instance, it is unsafe and unwise to ingest ibuprofen or naproxen.
  • Sleeping pills: While there may be some hepatitis patients who use tranquilizers or sleeping pills as medication for sleeping disorders, these can be injurious to one’s internal organs.


Regardless of the stage, the following guidelines are accommodating for people with hepatitis C.

  • Opt for a list of medications from professional heath experts
  • Don’t overdose on drug medications
  • Be conscious about the medicine you have to take. Make sure to read the labels.
  • Don’t take medications that are not recommended by your team of physicians.

For people who have hepatitis C, the above courses of action concerning food and drug intake should be considered. Along with saying “no” to the said drugs and foods, medical clients need to establish a healthy lifestyle and positive outlook in life for a better chance at recovering from hepatitis C and related liver diseases.


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