for Veterans and the Public
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is it safe to take aspirin or Tylenol if I have hepatitis C?
Over-the-counter pain relief medications are usually not harmful. Check with your doctor first and take them in moderation. Overuse of acetaminophen (in Tylenol) can cause liver damage. Patients with hepatitis C should limit their acetaminophen (Tylenol) to two grams (four 500mg tablets) per day. Other drugs for pain include aspirin, ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Naproxen, and Aleve. They are safe in HCV patients who do not have cirrhosis. But, if a patient has cirrhosis, then ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, and Naproxen cannot be taken at all. If you are not sure, always check with your doctor.