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vitamin k

yes i an going to start treatment and i have low platelet at 70 now was 60 but i here of this vitamin K do i need to mabe start taking this. are is it bad on the liver i just wont to finish my treatment thanks
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Vitamin K will not help your platelets. At this point there is a drug that is in clinical trials to help boost the platelet count but unfortunately it is not available for the general public yet. Good luck and I hope your platelets stay high enough to do treatment.
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What does you doctor say about the platelets?  Your medical team should monitor you very closely because of your platelet problem.  Some aggresive hepatologists don't worry about platelets until they are below 300.  

Your platelets will drop on treatment.  There is no getting around that.  I don't think there is currently anything on the market yet that hcv patients can take for thrombocytopenia.  I have heard of Intravenous immunoglobulin being used or platelet transfusion when rapid elevation of platelet count is needed but that is only a temporary fix and I don't know if it's acceptable for hcv patients.

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Have you already started treatment?  60/70K is too low if you don't have a valid reason for them being so low...before you start the treatment.

I had/have TTP, a blood disorder where my body chooses to destroy the RBC and platelets...so I know that your count is VERY LOW unless you have a reason...is the HepC why they are so low???  I didn't know it would do that to your platelet count...

My point is...make sure you know why they are so low to begin with before you start the treatment so you don't have to go on and then off of it.  I've had Hepc for 21 years now and I've had a splenectomy so my average platelet count is 375,000-475,000...which is actually very high but not a problem.

NEVER take anything to boost a blood count without check with a DOCTOR first...especially if you are trying to treat a low blood count and also because of the interactions it may have with your liver.

Forums are great...but some info still needs to be asked of YOUR doctor who is aware of YOUR situation...your whole situation...i.e.-all of your blood counts and test results.  You can't always look at only part of the picture to get an answer....

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Vitamin K is an essential vitamin but too much can be toxic to the liver.
Vitamin K2 has shown more benefits to the liver, particularly in the area of fibrosis, also known as MK7, you can read more about it on the life extention web site.

I think the verdict is out on whether this is a good thing or not for liver patients, and especially while on tx the risks may outweigh the benfit..
On the one hand we need the vitamin, on the other hand too much can lead to blood clots which is a real concern particularly for those who are taking procrit for their drug induced anemia. DVT...deep vein thrombosis is a real and potentially life threatening side effect brought on by too much thick blood, (20% of clots do not self  resolve and cause strokes or pulmonary embolisms, and 1-2% of these are fatal). or brought on by blood that clots or sticks together too easily.  
So for those with history of strokes, or stick platetets, or on procrit, I definitely think I'd forgo even the K2 during tx. After tx one might want to reconsider, however the body usually makes enough of this, so it would depend....if your blood work showed thin or K deficientcy, then it could be helpful but again, I would lean toward the K2 in that case, rather that the K1, based on what research I've read. Just my opinion.

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