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What Is the Treatment of Cirrhosis?
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Treatment for cirrhosis cannot reverse liver damage, but it can stop or slow progression of the disease causing it and reduce complications. Treatment depends on what is causing the cirrhosis and which particular complications, if any, have appeared.
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Medical Treatment for Cirrhosis
Most treatment for cirrhosis is directed toward relief of complications. Some underlying causes of cirrhosis, such as Wilson's disease, can be treated with medication.
Some people are treated with a drug called a beta-blocker to lower the pressure in the blood vessels.
The slowing of blood flow through your liver increases the pressure in the blood vessels. This forces fluid out of the blood vessels and into other tissues, where it is retained.
If symptoms are severe, you will have to stay in the hospital, especially if you have become so confused you cannot care for yourself.
If symptoms are mild, you might be sent home and instructed to take lactulose every day and change to a low-protein diet, but to return if symptoms come back.
Adequate protein intake and vitamin supplements can help to correct clotting disorders.
Medications are available to reduce itching.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/15/2017
Jeffrey A Gunter, MD
Steven L Bernstein, MD
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