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Lifestyle Changes as Part of Treatment for Cirrhosis

There are a number of lifestyle changes that a person with cirrhosis should make in order to prevent further damage to the liver. Some of the changes include:
  • Stop drinking alcohol completely. Alcohol will only lead to more liver damage.


  • Do not take any medications, including those you can buy without a prescription (such as vitamins and herbal supplements), without discussing them with your doctor. Cirrhosis makes your liver sensitive to certain medications.



  • Avoid eating raw oysters or other raw shellfish. Raw shellfish can harbor bacteria (Vibrio vulnificus) that cause severe infections in people with cirrhosis.
You should also talk with your healthcare provider about how much exercise you should get, as well as what diet changes you should make (see Cirrhosis Diet). Light physical activity can help stop or delay cirrhosis. Following a healthy diet is essential because the body needs all the nutrients it can get.

Medications for Cirrhosis Treatment

Not all types of liver cirrhosis can be treated with medication. For example, cirrhosis caused by alcohol abuse is treated by abstaining from alcohol. However, there are a number of cirrhosis causes that are treated with medications. For example, people with hepatitis B or C can be treated with one of several medicines (see Hepatitis B Treatment or Hepatitis C Treatment). People with autoimmune hepatitis can oftentimes be treated successfully with corticosteroids (see Autoimmune Hepatitis Treatment). Cirrhosis caused by Wilson's disease, in which copper builds up in organs, is treated with medications to remove the copper. Medication has not been shown to be effective at treating people with hepatitis D.

Cirrhosis of the Liver

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