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Painkillers for Hep C

I was recently diagnosed with Hepatitis C, I was wondering what painkillers are usually prescribed for the pain somtimes associated with this disease?
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Jorge L. Herrera M.D.
Division of Gastroenterology
University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Mobile AL

http://www.hcvadvocate.org/hcsp/articles/Herrera.html

“Acetaminophen use: Contrary to popular belief, acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol®) is perfectly safe for patients with cirrhosis as long as it is used cautiously. Any person who drinks alcohol regularly should not consume any acetaminophen. For patients with early cirrhosis (CPT class A or B), the use of acetaminophen is safe as long as the recommended dose is not exceeded (1,000 mg per dose, repeated no more often than every 6 hours). Patients with more advanced cirrhosis should take only ½ of the recommended dose. In fact, for patients with cirrhosis, acetaminophen, when used as described, is the preferred medication for the treatment of pain.”
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The clinic that ran the clinical trial I treated with was part of a major teaching hospital's liver disease center. They were very particular about us using nothing other than Tylenol for pain, with a max dose of 1000mg per 24 hour period. Acetaminophen seems to be the one to use.
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I got none and never took tylenol.  On second thought I did take Soma upon occssion

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