I have been drinking moderately and daily since my tx ended two years ago. I just got the results from my latest physical. ALT: 15, AST: 13. Every single blood test came back absolutely normal. I just drink beer and not enough to get a hangover-EVER! My original biopsy indicated F-1. My fibrosure came back F 1-2.
So, from my purely anecdotal evidence, I would say moderate alcohol intake is acceptable, IF your liver damage is slight.
This is a good thread. I don’t drink so it was never relevant but it is to so many people and so, great question.
The drug interaction charts are available but there’s always other things to consider yes!
I really like what you said GF,
Treatment is the important thing! Start as soon as possible!
Peg/inf/riba 2012(!) stop @ Wk 43 potassium low +issues (rlps week 4 post tx, VL120,000) scnds eg. adenomas.
pre sof/led VL 240,000 Fibsc F0
Day 25 <30
Day 32 UND
Week 10 UND
EOT UND ALT11AST17GGT19
SVR4 UND ALT10 AST16 GGT13
SVR8 UND ALT <9 AST16 GGT15
SVR12 UND ALT14 AST19 GGT12 Bili 5
EOT +18 ALT13 AST20 GGT9 Bili 5
EOT +21 ALT11AST15
Dysplasia Adenomas RemvdAug '16
SVR24 UND ALT11AST16
I am on day 16 of Velasof. I had side effects for the first six days but now feel great except for a little tiredness once in a while. I just saw the comment on alcohol. I pretty well stopped all beer once i found out in oct 2017 i have hep c which i have had for 30 years. Luckily i only have mild fibrosis. I just read the comments on drinking. Are you saying that drinking in moderation (say 6 beers a week) will not effect the medication?
Hello user123, In the context of low fibrosis and with the bulk of the treatment job done in the first few weeks abstinence is unlikely to benefit either your overall liver health or the success of the treatment.
Too many lives go into the making of just one. - Montale
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Some folk on this forum got cured while drinking heavily while on the medication. Other folk got cured while drinking moderately while on the medication. Others, like me, got cured while not drinking at all. We all got cured.
G2, infected maybe in 1971?
Diagnosed HVnon-A non-B 1980s, revised to HVC 1990's.
Treatment naive. Fibroscan & bloods all normal ranges.
Viral load 7million,
began Redemption trial4, 12-week generic Sof/Vel (Incepta) 2017. Week 4 UND, Week 12UND, SVR24
Thank-yous to my doctor for the script, to Jan at FixHepC for wrangling, and to Dr Freeman for courage.
Kia kaha e hoa ma!
1. I have had HCV for over 40 years, and started Epclusa on 2.5. (I just took my 4th dose.)
2. For the last 20 years, I have been a social drinker, and really enjoy a double scotch after work.
3. After the initial headache with my first dose on 2.5, my only side effects are (i) a mescaline-like high about an hour after I take the pill, which lasts for a couple of hours, and (ii) an energy level that is almost scary.
4. My energy level this week has almost eliminated my desire for an after-work scotch, so I have not had one (except for Tuesday).
5. So, I may just use this opportunity to be a good Christian and actually give up drinking for Lent (or maybe at least during the week).
1970's-Bad behavior as a teenager.
2001- Insurance Company denies coverage due to HCV positive
2002- Another HCV positive reading and referral to liver doctor.
2003-Commence Interferon Combination treatment. VL 205,088 after 3 months. Doctor says stop.
2.5.18-Commenced generic Epclusa.
3.7.18- VL Undetected!
3.13.18-US Abdomen Complete scan reflects "Normal echogenicity with no mass detected. No dilated intrahepatic biliary ducts".
8.1.18- VL Undetected!
contracted Gen 1a in the 70's, dx in 2007...ast 27 to 35...alt 43 to 96...vl 1.2 mil to 8.6 mil.
biopsy F-2 (2012)..pre tx results 1/23/16 ast 32, alt 46, vl 3.1 mil
tx started 2/11/16.... lab results 2/24/16 ast 18, alt 18, vl <15 IU/ml
28 days later.............lab results 3/9/16 ast 21, alt 21, vl UND
56 days later.............lab results 4/6/16 ast 20, alt 22, vl UND
139 days later...........lab results 6/29/16 ast 28, alt 30, vl UND...EOT
A mate sees the same liver specialist as I do. He has cirrhosis like I do.
He never had Hep C but USED to drink a lot more then even I thought - a hidden bottle of Rum here and there at home, usually in the garage where his missus did not venture.
I was told to give it away completely, slowed down years ago, and now only have a schooner of light every few weeks/months to remember times and taste past.
Got over missing it after a while. Given the social circles l mix in, not finding out I had Hep C may have me ending up with cirrhosis through the booze like my mate. Strange world.
"A lot of what you like in moderation" comes to mind.
"F_ck Hep C" also comes to mind, and for anyone listening on the side: "get treated".
GT3a 1990 Failed Inter 1998, comb in 2000. HCC 2012
Started 24/52 Sof/Dac 27th October 2015.
1. Bloods 2 October 2015: AST - 165 (20-40), ALT - 265 (5-40), GGT 189 (5-50)
2, Bloods 20 November 2015: ALT etc normal; VL 19
3. Bloods 8 January 2016: AST - 40, ALT - 59, GGT 48 VL RNA UND
4. EOT 12 April 2016 - blood tests: all is well, CT scan: okay
5. AFP 11 June 2016: 4 ref< 11
6. VL July 2016: DET
7. Oct16 start treat - June17 UND
8. Jun 18, lfts okay, platelets a bit low.