|alcohol and hep b
Oct 4, 2004
Dear doug, I have gotten different answers to this. After clearing a hep b infection surface antigen negative, Do you have to reduce your alcohol intake? If you clear the infection this means you were infected for 4-6 months. Did this compromise the liver in any way? Do you have to be careful now about alcohol or medicine (antibiotics) Thank you.
| Response from Dr. Dieterich
You should always be careful about alcohol and mediations. However HBV should be completely gone if you clear in 6 months. After that, it may never clear. You should check your HBV DNA and if negative then go ahead. In general more than 2-3 drinks per day is a problem for your liver if you are a man and 1-2 if you are a woman. Stay healthy and get vaccinated for HAV! DTD
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