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How aggressive do we need to be about getting this medication stopped due to potentially negative effects on the liver. Knowing a bit more about it is vital to know how to deal with the officials at this establishment in the morning. We are desperate. So far he has only seen nurses, no doctors. They just sign the prescriptions on the info from the nurses. If this is not a real threat to the health of his liver we do not want to raise a lot of flack about it...but if it is then we want to go in well informed especially since there is not a clear reason for this medication anyway....thank you so very much


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replied September 12th, 2008
Liver Disorders, Hepatitis A,B,C Answer A4688
Current medical treatment: He is awaiting further testing and possibly interferon treatment. Awaiting scrotal sonogram. Given incomplete rounds of antibiotics twice for epididymitis. Pain has gotten much worse. Do not know when he will be sent for sonogram in Galveston since hurricane is due there this weekend (potentially)

Your nephew needs to be examined by a doctor and not by a nurse. He has a right to that. Phenazopyridine is not an antibiotic but only a local painkiller for the urinary tract. It is usually given together with an antibiotic for urinary tract infections (UTI) but not for more than 2 days. It can be also given alone if there are no evidences of infection presence.

Phenazopyridine should be taken cautiously if the patient have a liver disorder.

The main purpose in your nephews case should be identifying the infective agent if his symptoms are caused by a UTI or genital infection. There is no logic to taking a potentially dangerous medicine (because of Hepatitis C) without treating the possible uro-genital infection with a proper antibiotic.


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