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Hep B & C & antibiotics
Oct 31, 2006

If a person has chronic Hep B & C, are there any antibiotics they should stay clear of?

Response from Dr. McGovern

There was an antibiotic that was taken off the market a few years ago due to severe liver toxicity. However, right now there is no particular drug that I would say - never take this particular drug...

The main issue is to have regular monitoring of your liver function tests if you are to take an antibiotic for more than two weeks. Otherwise the most important thing to be aware of are the signs of hepatotoxicity - right upper quadrant pain, nausea, vomiting, jaundice, fatigue, loss of appetite. Any combination of these signs could be concerning for drug induced hepatototoxicity, which can be sporadic and difficult to predict.



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