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Cirrhosis - discharge

Liver failure - discharge; Liver cirrhosis - discharge

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When You Were in the Hospital

You have cirrhosis of the liver. Scar tissue forms and your liver gets smaller and harder. Most of the time, this damage cannot be undone. However, the problems it causes can be treated.

While you were in the hospital, you may have had:

What to Expect at Home

Your health care provider will talk with you about what to expect at home. This will depend on your symptoms and what caused your cirrhosis.

Medicines you may need to take include:

Self-care

DO NOT drink any alcohol. Your provider can help you stop drinking.

Limit salt in your diet.

Ask your provider before taking any other medicines, vitamins, herbs, or supplements that you buy at the store. This includes acetaminophen (Tylenol), cold medicines, aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), and others.

Ask if you need shots or vaccines for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, lung infections, and the flu.

You will need to see your provider for regular follow-up visits. Make sure you go to these visits so your condition can be checked.

Other tips for caring for your liver are:

When to Call the Doctor

Call your health care provider if you have:

Related Information

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Low-salt diet

References

Garcia-Tsao, G. Cirrhosis and its sequellae. Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman's Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2016:chap 153.

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Review Date: 2/11/2015  

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