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Hepatitis C and Cirrhosis of liver - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello.
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How can I help you?
User :   Hello. I'm a 32 year old female who has been diagnosed with Hep C and cirrhosis by my Gastor doctor here in Sweden. It will be one year now in may. Besides this I also suffer from depression, panic attacks and mood swings which I take medicine for. (Zoloft 100 mg for depression. Risperdal 1 mg which is also I believe for depression and an anti-pshychotic and Sobril 15 mg. I'm 180 cm tall and weigh now 78-79 kg. I have shed more than 45 kg in 9 months. I've used a diet supplement to help me lose this weight and it is called WNT sport DIET CAPS. Guaranextract (standarised 22% coffein 266 mg Citrimax HCA 100MG, Citrus aurantiumexxtract (standarished 6% synefrin 111 mg, RHODIOLA ROSEA (standarished 3% rosenroot 33 mg, coaco seed extractn(standarised 10%bteobromin, green tea extract (standarised 45% EGCG and 6% coffin 105 mg, Calcium 39mg, L-Karnitin 33 mg, Magnesium 8 mg, Kalium 25 mg, Baikal skullcap root (standarised for 60% b-ring flavonoider 105 21 mg, Cayennefruitextract 3,3 mg, krom 21 mg. I take 9 caps a daily. I havent started treatment for Hep C and cirrhosis because I dont feel mentally strong now but I would like to know if these diet caps which I have been using could harm or damage my lever?
Doctor :  
Let me read it
User :   Sure, take your time
Doctor :   Ok

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Now wrt your query on using that Diet supplement
User :   yes
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let me be frank that there arent any authenticated studies on such herbal extracts
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to tell either about their efficacy or their side effects
User :   Ok. But from a medical stand point can they damage my liver or worsen it?
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though they do claim that it is free of side effects and natural
User :   Is it safe to continue???
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I do not recommend you to use it from my side
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I have many patients who are overweight
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and these drugs I think they dont need a prescription as well
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but I dont advise it to any
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as it has not passed the tests yet
User :   I understand that doctors dont recommend diet supplements but in my case, can or will they damage my liver, is it possible for the pills to do this?
Doctor :   The possibility is always there

User :   I see.
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I am aware of certain cases being affected with heart,(cardiomyopathies)
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after taking such pills
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there are also instances of certain hormonal and drugs being in such pills
User :   because when my gastro doctor did the blood work on me 4-6 months ago she told me that my liver functions very well and that my blood is good also
Doctor :   Thats really good

User :   She wants me to take new blood tests in a few days.
User :   Is it possible too see or determine if these diet caps have causen damage or detorition?
Doctor :  
If you can monitor your LFT progressively in comparison with previous reports, then liver functions can be taken care of in the early stages only , if there are any disturbances
User :   through blood test?
Doctor :   Atleast monthly checks I mean

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Yes
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and that is only for liver functions
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but is good enough
User :   LFT?
Doctor :  
Liver function tests
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I am sorry
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for using the abbreviation
User :   Not at all
User :   Its fine.
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So now you will have to take the decision
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if you want my advice then refrain from such
User :   Ok. Another question
Doctor :  
Sure
User :   I'm hesitant over starting the treatment of shoots and pills against Hep C and Cirrohis. My doctor has warned me about the side-effects that I might want to commit suice-side
User :   I'm already taking medicine for my depression, panic-attacks and mood swings
User :   I'm scared
Doctor :  
Ok
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A diagnosis of hepatitis C infection doesn't necessarily mean you need treatment
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but for cirrhosis
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you do need
User :   I'm very sensative, easily discouraged, sad and very afraid of dying
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on that account
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you shall need treatment
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You need not be so anxious about it
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they have to be dosed as per your needs
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and should not be a problem
User :   Have negative thoughts and it is very hard for me to whin down and relax mentally and psically
Doctor :   For better guidance on this

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I would suggest you to consult our Gastroenterologist for second opinion
Doctor :   I shall give you the link for the same

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User :   Well I have a shrink and do take medicines for my clinical sickness and my gastro doctor has spoken to my shrink about starting the treatment but I feel I'm not ready right now
Doctor :   Ok

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I would suggest you to consult our Gastro
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to decide if the treatment is inevitable or not
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and the alternate measures
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I hope you are not confused
User :   Well no other alternate measures have come up, my gastro doc tells me that I can recover from this 100% and that there will be better and stronger pills against my condtion
Doctor :   Ok

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I do hope the same
User :   The weight that I've shed has really benefited me
Doctor :  
True, it does have its beneficial effects
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and how about your Lipid profile?
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Is it under norms?
User :   Well I'm not sure, I'm gonna do new tests immenently so I will get back to you about this
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Sure
User :   What I do know is that my blood value is very good and that my liver functions great
Doctor :   Fine

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if the liver functions are normal
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then treatment is not mandatory
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but since you mentioned about cirrhosis as well, I was more concerned with that
User :   but if its not mandatory, can the Hep C worsen
Doctor :   Hepatitis C is known for its chronicity
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so Follow up is the key anyday
User :   How did the cirrhosis come about. I dont smoke, do drugs, have sex, never gotten a tattoo or anything.
User :   I never drink
Doctor :  
Hepatitis C is responsible for that in your case
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as it is known for that
User :   i see.
Doctor :   But since you are telling that your liver tests are good

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then cirrhosis is not certain in your blood picture
User :   elaborate please
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Like cirrhosis is nothing but liver damage
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so if it is diagnosed
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it does show in the liver enzyme levels as well
User :   they did a biopsy and then later revealed to me about the cirrohis
Doctor :   Ok

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but functionally since it is doing fine
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it is good right now
User :   so I need to treat the cirrhois
Doctor :   that is again supportive treatment

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and treating the cause mainly
User :   is it the same treatment as Hep C or is it individual so to speak
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like Hepatitis C in your case
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supportive is symptomatic treatment
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Weight loss in your case can also be correlated with cirrhosis
User :   really? It brough it on?
Doctor :   Yes, it is a manifestation

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as there shall be loss of appetite as well
User :   I'm a bit lost now. The weight loss has been benefitial but also determental in the case of the cirrhosis
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That is the fact
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so I had to tell it
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that supports the view that you dont need anything extra( which could be harmful) to loose weight
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Dont take it in your mind
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Live a normal life
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but avoid such diet pills
User :   But if I keep losing weight by eating healthy and without the aid of the DIET CAPS, can it be harmful?
User :   I will stop using the pills
Doctor :   Good

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and keep a check on your liver tests regularly
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that is very important for you
User :   Yes. So I shouldn't lose more weight?
Doctor :   Keep a check on it

User :   On my own, without the pills?
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and report to your doctor if you do
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also loss of appetite is attributed to weightloss
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so if you are appetite is good
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then it implies your case is good
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Is there any thing else I can help you with?


User :   No, I'm good for now. Thank you for your time and advice. Have a great weekend
Doctor :  
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