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Doctor insights on: Can You Drink Alcohol After A Liver Transplant

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Are people who drink alcohol eligible for a liver transplant?

Are people who drink alcohol eligible for a liver transplant?

Not current drinkers: Most centers require a certain amount of time of abstenence from alcohol before liver transplant. 6 months to a year is common. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

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


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Will someone with alcohol dependency be refused a liver transplant?

Will someone with alcohol dependency be refused a liver transplant?

Sobriety required: I agree with previous answers. If still dependant, will not be considered until alcohol free for at least 6 months minimum. Each center has their own criteria for consideration for listing for transplantation. ...Read more

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Why can't you eat or drink grapefruit when taking antirejection medication after a liver transplant?

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 more

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What happens if a person starts drinking again after he has a liver transplant?

What happens if a person starts drinking again after he has a liver transplant?

Inviting problems: Your new liver will be damaged just like your first liver. Alcohol also interacts with a wide variety of other medications which can result in serious toxicity. If you are getting intoxicated, you are more likely to forget to take your immunosuppression medications, and more likely to miss your doctor's appointments, and more likely to engage in other high risk behaviors. Just don't drink! ...Read more

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Will an alcoholic who has been through rehab and quit drinking still be eligible for a liver transplant?

Will an alcoholic who has been through rehab and quit drinking still be eligible for a liver transplant?

Yes: Most transplant programs require 6 months of abstinance from alcohol before placing a patient on the waiting list. Successful completion of a rehab program also puts the patient in a stronger position. ...Read more

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If you get a liver transplant is it a really bad idea to have a drink?

If you get a liver transplant is it a really bad idea to have a drink?

Lethal if alcoholic: For anyone who has an abnormal or unhealthy relationship with alcohol or other mood altering substance, one drink after liver transplant may be truly lethal, because it can initiate a pathway of decompensation. However, if the liver transplant recipient has never had such an abnormal relationship there may be no harm in having an occasional social drink. That amount of alcohol will be tolerated. ...Read more

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How much drinking would it take to get cirrhosis and need a liver transplant?

Depends...: Upon a number of factors including one's individual metabolism of the ethanol, how much binging is done, and whether other causes of liver disease are present such as chronic hepatitis c. ...Read more

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Can a patient with history of drinking get a liver transplant?

Can a patient with history of drinking get a liver transplant?

Yes: Most centers in the US require a documented 6 month sobriety. If you restart drinking after a transplant your outcome will be poor. ...Read more

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I consistently have a lft, gamma GT of 115 u/l, with no evidence of a fatty liver, and I rarely drink alcohol, what could be the cause of this?

I consistently have a lft, gamma GT of 115 u/l, with no evidence of a fatty liver, and I rarely drink alcohol, what could be the cause of this?

Probably just you: About 1 person in 1000 has an autosomal dominant trait producing a high GGT without drinking or anything else. From time to time, I have to reassure these people's employers, probation officers or whoever that they are not secretly abusing alcohol. ...Read more

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I just had a liver MRI with contrast because I have some nudules. I habe drink 2 lts of water, its been 5 hours. Can I drink alcohol?

I just had a liver MRI with contrast because I have some nudules. I habe drink 2 lts of water, its been 5 hours. Can I drink alcohol?

Worries me that you: Are being evaluated for liver nodules, something which alcohol can actually cause, and your first concern right after finishing the test is whether you can drink alcohol. Please talk fully with your doctor about your alcohol use - how many drinks, how often, for how long a time. If you have other kinds of liver problems, even if your drinking is not problematic, it isn't a good thing to add in. ...Read more

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My doctor has told me my liver is boarder line. Slightly raised. What dose this mean. I don't drink alcohol. Only now and again thank you?

My doctor has told me my liver is boarder line. Slightly raised. What dose this mean. I don't drink alcohol. Only now and again thank you?

Liver enzymes: Possible causes of elevated liver enzymes, besides alcohol, are hepatitis such as viral, muscle injuries such as heart or kidney, & many drugs/toxins. ...Read more

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I have had my gallbladder removed a year ago and im still getting a feeling of fullness/pain there I do drink alcohol a lot could this be fatty liver?

I have had my gallbladder removed a year ago and im still getting a feeling of fullness/pain there I do drink alcohol a lot could this be fatty liver?

Gall bladder removal: Your fullness in your stomach may not have anything to do with your gall bladder removal and everything with your heavy drinking. You may have a gastritis of your stomach from the irritation from drinking. Stop the drinking to see if you will get better. Your stomach may take one or two weeks to heal. Add over the counter Prilosec which will help the healing process. ...Read more

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Took 500mg of tylenol at 1pm Rarely take tylenol or drink alcohol but want to drink a few drinks at 7pm Liver enzymes normal 2 days ago. Will it be ok?

Took 500mg of tylenol at 1pm Rarely take tylenol or drink alcohol but want to drink a few drinks at 7pm Liver enzymes normal 2 days ago. Will it be ok?

No: Women are more susceptible to the toxic effects of Tylenol and alcohol. Alcohol is a poison and it never did any body any good, ever, so stay away from it.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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If stabbed in the liver, can you still drink alcohol?

If stabbed in the liver, can you still drink alcohol?

Depends: As a general rule, first avoid heavy drink, which is for female not more than 2 drinks/day and for male not more than 3 or 4 drinks/day. If stabbed injury is severe causing liver enzymes to go high, avoid any alcohol or drugs that can cause further liver injury. If injury is mild, and once liver enzymes return and remain normal, you can drink socially, as long as no other liver disease. ...Read more

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I had mild liver lacerations after an accident last week. Can I drink alcohol?

I had mild liver lacerations after an accident last week. Can I drink alcohol?

Alcohol liver injur: If you do not have a preexisting liver disease like hepatitis b orc, or alcoholic liver disease, then by drinking alcohol in moderation will not cause any major problem. But to be absolutely safe and to help the healing of the laceration, I will advice to refrain from alcohol till the laceration has had enough time to heal. You did not mention if you had surgical repair of the laceration or not. ...Read more

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Would it be ok with my liver to drink alcohol on a certain day if I skipped my cymbalta (duloxetine) that day?

Would it be ok with my liver to drink alcohol on a certain day if I skipped my cymbalta (duloxetine) that day?

That is a terrible: Idea. Don't use Cymbalta (duloxetine) like a ping pong ball. The brain likes continuity. Take good care of you. ...Read more

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What can cause liver to be enlarged. BP is 110/74 other then being overweight my health is good blood work is normal rarely drink alcohol?

What can cause liver to be enlarged. BP is 110/74 other then being overweight my health is good blood work is normal rarely drink alcohol?

Hepatomegaly: There are a number of causes of enlargement of the liver. In your case, it may be due to being overweight-a condition called fatty liver. The best way to determine that is a non-invasive test: an abdominal ultrasound. ...Read more

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Transplant (Definition)

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


Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Liver (Definition)

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