A 47-year-old male asked:
i have cirrhosis of the liver along with ascites and esophageal varicies, can you tell me why i am being prescribed prednisone?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Alan Wartenberg answered
48 years experience Addiction Medicine
My guess is alcohol: The best evidence that steroids can reduce the level of inflammation in hepatitis and cirrhosis is with alcohol-induced cirrhosis. You are probably also on a beta blocker (like propanolol or inderal) to reduce the chance of bleeding from the varices. Prednisone can only help you if you stop drinking, if you have, stay quit and get support, if you haven't your life depends on quitting-get help.
Answered on Feb 2, 2017
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