Hepatotoxicity is a term used to describe damage to the liver caused by a medicine, chemical, or dietary supplement, or it can also be a side effect of HIV drugs. The liver’s role in the body is to filter substances, such as medicines, from the blood. Liver damage occurs when the liver is bombarded with more toxins than it can deal with and ultimately cause the liver to under function.
Signs of liver damage include stomach pain , tiredness, nausea, jaundice, dark urine, and fever. Liver damage, hepatotoxicity, is diagnosed through many different types of tests including blood tests such as billirubin or liver enzymes, a liver biopsy, CT scans, and more.
Some 900 drugs have been determined to cause liver injury. There is no cure or treatment for liver damage, and management of hepatotoxicity varies depending no the amount of damage and the cause. In most cases, the drug thought to be causing the damage is discontinued, drugs to reduce symptoms may also be prescribed.
If you already have liver damage, alcohol, actaminophen, drugs to treat high cholesterol, and any medication that has previously caused liver issues, should be avoided as they are known to exacerbate the problem.
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