me tonight and asked me a question that I really can't answer so I thought that I would ask my friends here for help. I was never a heavy drinker, and I only have about 2 drinks a year , if that, but she asked me if people who have HepC get intoxicated faster because of the HepC? I really don't know the answer to this question because I only have maybe a glass of wine 2x a year. She said that she became extreamly intoxicated off of 3 shots of rum to the point where she blacked out! This is a person who could drink wiskey all night and still walk and now that she has Hep C she get's black out drunk on very little alcohol! (AND YES I DID GIVE HER THE DEVIL FOR DRINKING LIKE THAT WITH HEP C!!), I would appreciate any advice that you all can give me. When she found out that she had Hep C she cut down on her drinking byt never really stopped, but it seems like she get's drunker much faster on less alcohol and I think it's because of the hepc and her liver is getting worse, but she doesn't believe that so any back up to that would help. Thanks!!!
Hey happybrandee I'm not really sure about that. I pretty much stopped drinking when i was diagnosed because i do have some liver damage. Maybe your friends liver is trying to tell her to stop drinking. I no it's hard but it's very neccesary. Hope all is well with your grandson-keep us posted!
I also have Hep C and drink occasionally, not very often. Your liver processes everything you eat, drink, breathe and put on your skin. Alcohol is especially hard on the liver; it is responsible for dealing with the alcohol conversion. I figure my liver is busy fighting those little buggers and why give it more to do? So I'm careful about what I throw at it. With this attitude I have had an uneasy truce with Hep C for thirty years. I would advise against alcohol, but it's also true that having Hep C should not end living. My tolerance is way down for sure. Three beers over the course of an evening will give me a pretty strong buzz. But I don't even do that every month, if that. I also stay organic. I do know that most treatment programs won't even enroll you if you use alcohol - they tell you to stop drinking and come back. This is old information, as I tried treatment in the 1980's, but I bet it's still close to the truth.
The liver can regenerate cells - it may not throw off the virus, but it can live with it. IF you help it! The low tolerance is a signal to your friend, I believe. Good luck!
thanks everyone for your comments! You basically said what I already knew and told her, but I wanted to make sure that I was right and give her the right information! Havive Hep C sucks!! I know! My liver biopsy was one of the MOST PAINFUL tests that I have ever had!! I actually have not been in that much pain since the birth of my kids! I will NEVER have another Liver Biopsy without being put to sleep and taken to the OR!! As soon as the doctor removed the needle the pain started and I guess because of the methadone, they had to dose me with Dalaudid 4 times before I finally was knocked out and stopped screaming!! then , 2 hours later the nurse came in and had me roll off of my right side!! that started the pain all over again and then they had to knock me out again!! worse thing I ever went throung... sorry for the rant... I just had to get that out... lol!! but thanks everyone for your input!! :)))
HB, the term hepatitis means the liver is inflamed, and compromised, the letters a, b and c, denote the virus, condition or infection, that caused the inflammation and compromise. Anyone who has hep c, should ask the dr about the Viral Load number, and keep up with changes in the load number. I have a dear friend with hep c, he is also a chronic pain patient and takes methadone. Since his liver is not working properly. Sometimes he sounds drunk and sometimes he sounds fine, from the methadone. This is more because sometimes the liver is more taxed than other times, so he is getting different levels of methadone processing on different days. He took 1 and 1/2 rounds of treatment, and his load is pretty low now, I have not heard that drunken tone in his voice lately.
When he first started the treatment, his load number was high and he had some black out episodes on methadone, he doesn't even remember these episodes, but I observed them. Even though methadone is a long acting opiate replacement, and alcohol is considered a different drug, either could cause black outs or slurring, or unsteadiness in someone who has a compromised liver, regardless of which type of hep it is. There are also things called Genomes, I think. And there are 4 main genomes for hep c, it would help both of you to know the viral load number and genome type of your hep c, and keep up with load number changes. All meds are processed by the liver, the kidneys or the pancreas, many who have hep c, also have pancreas problems. Tylenol and acetaminophen are very bad also, for hep c patients, so remember even over the counter meds can tax the liver, and if the pancreas is also compromised, then sugar levels should be counted often, to prevent more damage and diabetic problems. My friend has had hep c for quite some time, but he is better now than he has been in the past. He sees an infectious disease dr as well as a gastro dr for treatment and options. He does NOT drink but has to take the methadone for pain, so he is super careful about OTC meds too so please tell your friend not to take Tylenol, acetaminophen or drink anymore ( I saw where you fussed at her, good for you, hope she didn't get mad at you) and find out if any over the counter meds are affecting the liver function. Any med that can SAFELY and properly be tapered or eliminated, will take some pressure off the liver. Please clear any changes in meds with the dr first, but many don't know that the liver processes OTC and rx meds, as well as alcohol, and my friend is doing better now that he was successfully tapered off unnecessary meds that tax the liver. There should be support groups for hep c sufferers in your area. Not only would it be supportive, but you may learn more info and find out about extra local resources. This is how my friend found the great drs he has, by local word of mouth at these meetings and he swears by milk thistle and saw palmetto to help the hep c, but he cleared that with the dr before he started them. Best of luck, patti
Hi HB I've been dealing with the dragon for 20 years now . And presently going thru the incevik treatment with high hopes that I finally beat it . I do know that ur liver hardens with time with hep. So if ur at a fibrosis level1-3 it would process easier than of course if u were into a currosios levels.So as far as ur friend getting intoxicated faster cuz of hep I really Dk but my guess would b no . Cuz it takes ur liver longer to process things . But I'm like u and the others drinking and hep don't mix . I guess if ur beyond the point of no return then live like there's no tomo . I know I would . There's plenty of free help from the pharmaceutical company's out there to exhaust all efforts before I would throw in the towel . Tell ur friend don't give up . It's like eating an elephant , one bite at a time
Since the discovery of the hepatitis C virus in 1989,(4) heavy alcohol consumption and hepatitis C have been known to interact with each other in causing liver disease. Poynard et al (5) were among the first to demonstrate that heavy alcohol intake (50 grams/day or more in their study) contributes to fibrosis on liver biopsy in patients with HCV independent from other predictors. This intake is equivalent to 5 or more drinks per day (an average "drink"--one 12-oz beer, 5 oz of wine, or one 1.25 oz shot of hard liquor--contains approximately 10 grams of alcohol).
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