How liver cirrhosis is treatment and what are the medications?
Cirrhosis treatment is dependent on the cause and extent of the damage to your liver. Treatment aims are to slow the progression of scar tissue in the liver and avoid or treat cirrhosis symptoms and complications.
Treatment for the underlying cause
In early cirrhosis, treatment of the underlying cause may minimize damage to the liver. Possibilities include:
Treatment of alcohol abuse. Those who have cirrhosis due to excessive use of alcohol should try to stop drinking.
If it’s difficult to stop alcohol use, your doctor may recommend an alcohol addiction treatment program.
If you have cirrhosis, stopping drinking is critical, because any amount of alcohol is toxic to the liver.
Weight reduction – People with cirrhosis caused by the non-alcoholic fatty liver disease may become healthier if they control their blood sugar levels and lose weight.
Drugs to control hepatitis. Specific drugs against hepatitis bugs can restrict further damage to liver cells caused by hepatitis B or C
Medications for other causes of cirrhosis and its symptoms – Medicines may slow some types of liver cirrhosis.
For example, medication can substantially postpone progression to cirrhosis for people with early diagnosed primary biliary cirrhosis.
Many drugs, such as an anti-inflammatory agent (colchicine), steroids, and penicillamine (Cuprimine, Depen), have been studied, but they have not been proven to improve survival rate.
Certain drugs can alleviate some of the symptoms, such as pain, itching, and weakness. Nutritional supplements may be recommended for counteracting cirrhosis-related malnutrition and preventing weak bones (osteoporosis).