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
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
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