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Hep C & Cholestral lowering medicines
May 21, 2004

I have Hep C. - not active - normal enzimes level -

Just found out that I have high Cholesterol and need medication....

Can this medication (lipitor or similar) affect my Hep C, since it is metabolized in the liver?

Response from Dr. McGovern

Most drugs are metabolized by the liver. Your cholesterol should be treated so you should certainly do so, but also obtain liver function testing on a regular basis. Also remember that symptoms of right upper quadrant pain, nausea and vomiting can be signs of liver toxicity.

Secondly, your hepatitis C can still be active even with normal enzymes. Please ask your doctor for a Hepatitis C viral load test to see if you have virus in your blood. Dr. McGovern



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