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Is alcohol consumption safe while on Harvoni treatment?

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Posted on Fri, 13 May 2016
Question: i have been taking harvoni for two months and the blood test at one month saw the virus as 'undetectible'. would it be alright to drink alcohol lightly at this point?
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Answered by Dr. Naveen Kumar (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Alcohol should preferably be avoided until 12 weeks

Detailed Answer:
Welcome to health care magic, I share your concern and I will try to help you out in best possible way.
Harvoni is usually prescribed for 8-12 weeks, depending on damage of liver. Alcohol in such situation will be a double edged knife, which not only interferes with functioning of the drug Harvoni, it also reduces regenerative capacity of liver by causing more damage. Hence it is advisable until 12 weeks to abstain from alcohol. In addition you should also avoid taking an antacid within 4 hours before or 4 hours after you take Harvoni. This especially includes antacids that contain aluminum or magnesium.
I hope this helps you.
If you have any further query, I would be glad to help you.
If not, you may close the discussion and if possible you may rate the answer for me, so that I get a good feedback.
Dr. Naveen XXXXXXX
Medical Consultant.
Ebix, Inc.


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Is alcohol consumption safe while on Harvoni treatment?

Brief Answer: Alcohol should preferably be avoided until 12 weeks Detailed Answer: Welcome to health care magic, I share your concern and I will try to help you out in best possible way. Harvoni is usually prescribed for 8-12 weeks, depending on damage of liver. Alcohol in such situation will be a double edged knife, which not only interferes with functioning of the drug Harvoni, it also reduces regenerative capacity of liver by causing more damage. Hence it is advisable until 12 weeks to abstain from alcohol. In addition you should also avoid taking an antacid within 4 hours before or 4 hours after you take Harvoni. This especially includes antacids that contain aluminum or magnesium. I hope this helps you. If you have any further query, I would be glad to help you. If not, you may close the discussion and if possible you may rate the answer for me, so that I get a good feedback. Dr. Naveen XXXXXXX Medical Consultant. Ebix, Inc.