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Can I Take Tylenol or Aspirin If I Have Hepatitis C?

Is it safe to take aspirin or Tylenol if I have hepatitis C?
 

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Tylenol® (acetaminophen) is a nonprescription medication commonly used to treat pain and reduce fever. While it's true that high doses of Tylenol can damage the liver, using the drug at recommended doses isn't likely to cause problems, even for people with hepatitis C. However, because hepatitis C affects your liver's ability to process Tylenol, lower doses are generally recommended.
 
If you have hepatitis C, you should limit your total Tylenol use to no more than 2000 mg (2 grams) in a 24-hour period, which is a maximum of four 500-mg tablets a day. And keep in mind that acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol) is also found in many prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) products, including combination cough and cold products.
 
Aspirin is also likely safe for people with hepatitis C, as long as it is used in moderation and at recommended doses. If you have advanced liver disease, such as cirrhosis, check with your healthcare provider before taking aspirin, however, as it may cause further damage to your liver. Also, check with your healthcare provider before taking ibuprofen (Motrin®, Advil®, Nuprin®). It can be toxic for people with advanced liver disease.
 
 
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