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Hepatitis C: Protecting Your Liver

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Taking good care of yourself is the best way to prevent health problems related to hepatitis C. Give your liver a fighting chance by staying away from things that can make liver damage worse. And help your body defend against HCV infection by staying healthy.

Treatment is available that will cure hepatitis C in most people. Talk with your healthcare provider right away about starting treatment.

Watching medicines and supplements

Some medicines and herbal supplements can harm your liver. To protect yourself:

  • Check with your healthcare provider or pharmacist before taking anything that you buy over-the-counter.

  • Learn the generic and brand names for over-the-counter products that may affect your liver.

  • Tell any healthcare provider who prescribes medicine for you that you have hepatitis C.

Don't drink alcohol

Your liver works hard to process alcohol. If you have HCV infection, drinking alcohol may make you more likely to develop cirrhosis. Your best defense against hepatitis C is to not drink any alcohol.

Staying healthy

Your body’s immune system fights against infections. It’s more able to do this when your body is healthy. Eating healthy foods and getting plenty of sleep will help keep your body strong. And staying upbeat can help you keep hepatitis C in perspective.

Author: StayWell Custom Communications
Last Annual Review Date: 11/1/2017
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