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Can You Drink Alcohol After A Liver Transplant
Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more
Why can't you eat or drink grapefruit when taking antirejection medication after a liver transplant?
Lowers Drug Levels: Grapefruit causes special enzymes in the liver to become more active. These enzymes can cause accelerated breakdown of some of the medicines used to prevent rejection. If the drug levels drop unexpectedly, you could have a rejection episode and risk losing your transplant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have serious ?'s: About your name - stayhealthyliz, when a major concern of yours after a traumatic event that resulted in serious damage to your body is when you can consume alcohol. I would wonder whether alcohol consumption played some role in the accident that resulted in the liver tear. I find that many people (most?) who are this concerned about drinking have alcohol problems. Talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more
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Yes: But would suggest not doing this for a couple of reasons. Alcohol in the blood stream inhibits several functions of the white blood cells which eat bacteria. It is also a dehydrating agent since it increases urination without replacing an equivalent volume of liquid, and dehydration is not good in face of infection. On the other hand, if under treatment with approp meds, probably harmless. ...Read more
Don't drink alcohol: The best prevention from alcohol induced liver damage that can lead to cirrhosis is NOT to drink alcohol, even socially. Drinking "socially" to you might mean something different to someone else regarding the amount of alcohol intake per week. In general, if you have been diagnosed with chronic liver disease and fibrosis or scarring of your liver, abstinence from alcohol will be the key. ...Read more
Is liver damage from alcohol linked to one's tolerance for alcohol? Would someone get drunk quicker with a damaged liver? Or the reverse?
It depends.: The liver uses an enzyme to metabolize alcohol. Initially, before liver disease begins, the liver can produce more of that enzyme with increasing alcohol consumption, allowing you to tolerate more alcohol. Once liver damage begins to occur, however, the liver is not able to make as much of that enzyme, and you may get drunk were quickly. If you have liver damage, you should drink no alcohol at all ...Read more
In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more
This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more
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