Treatment for cirrhosis depends on the cause of cirrhosis. Alcohol consumption, drug use, hepatitis, inherited conditions, and chronic use of certain medications can lead to cirrhosis.
Anyone suffering from cirrhosis should receive treatment. Patients should be treated for any chronic liver disease to avoid developing cirrhosis.
Treatment for cirrhosis has only two goals: to define the underlying cause or causes of liver scarring in order to heal it and prevent further damage; and to provide the liver with an opportunity to heal itself by means of regeneration and remodeling. Vaccination for hepatitis, cessation of alcohol use, and proper nutrition are all essential components in the treatment of cirrhosis.
Due to the nature of cirrhosis, treatment is ongoing. Programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous can assist those wishing to quit drinking alcohol or using drugs. Certain medications are also available; speak to your doctor to find out which treatment is right for you.
In its early stages, damage to the liver caused by cirrhosis may be reversible; however, in the advanced stages of cirrhosis, damage is irreversible. The goal of treating liver cirrhosis is to prevent further liver damage and the development of liver failure or liver cancer.
Some side effects can present themselves depending on the type of treatment experienced. Some alcoholics may experience severe withdrawal symptoms called delirium tremens. Delirium tremens symptoms include seizures, hallucinations, and extreme anxiety. Alcoholics or individuals who abuse alcohol, should seek medical assistance for drinking cessation.