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Cirrhosis (cont.)

Self-Care at Home

  • Stop drinking alcohol. If you stop all alcohol intake, you may slow the disease and feel better.
  • Avoid medications that may be harmful to your liver, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), or your kidneys, such as ibuprofen (Advil, etc). Ask you health care provider for a list.
  • Cut down on salt if you are having problems with fluid retention. A low-sodium diet helps relieve that problem.
  • Eat a balanced diet with adequate calories and protein. You also may want to take a daily multivitamin if your doctor agrees.
  • If you ever have developed any brain disorder caused by your liver (hepatic encephalopathy), you should decrease your protein intake.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/28/2014
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