If you do not have advanced liver disease you do not need to follow a special diet for hepatitis B. Patients with very advanced liver disease may require a special low-protein diet to minimize damage to the brain, called hepatic encephalopathy. This type of diet is usually used along with other treatments under the care of a specialist. Most people with hepatitis B should just ensure they eat normal, healthy foods.

You should completely avoid consuming any alcohol or drugs that are potentially poisonous to the liver, such as Tylenol and many prescription drugs. While alcohol is the worst drug for the liver, for prescription drugs, you and your doctor will want to choose medications that are not likely to cause liver inflammation.

Stephen Sacks, MD 
in association with the MediResource Clinical Team