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Doctor insights on: Can You Reverse Liver Damage From Alcoholism

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How can you reverse liver damage?

How can you reverse liver damage?

Liver regenerates: The liver is one of the only organs that will regenerate once the damaging activity is stopped: as long as there are enough undamaged cells. Milk thistle is purported to help repair liver damage but scientific studies are lacking. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
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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


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How much worse can hepatitis C be when there is existing liver damage from alcoholism and drug abuse?

How much worse can hepatitis C be when there is existing liver damage from alcoholism and drug abuse?

3x worse : Alcohol is fuel on the fire of hepatitis c related liver disease. One of the most important interventions someone can do to improve their liver health, besides antiviral treatment, is stop drinking. It is never too late to stop and slow down the damage. It is important to discuss alcohol use with a doctor so they know there is an increased risk of cirrhosis (3x higher than those who do not drink). ...Read more

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Can medication reverse the liver damage from stage 3?

Can medication reverse the liver damage from stage 3?

It Depends: It depends on the cause of the scarring (fibrosis). If you can stop the cause, the fibrosis can reverse. ...Read more

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Can the brain damage from drugs and alcohol be reversed?

Can the brain damage from drugs and alcohol be reversed?

Not really.: Once the brain tissue has been damaged by drugs, it is unfortunately lost for good. ...Read more

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Is liver damage from alcohol linked to one's tolerance for alcohol? Would someone get drunk quicker with a damaged liver? Or the reverse?

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

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Why can't the liver be restored from cirrhosis damage?

Why can't the liver be restored from cirrhosis damage?

Restructured: Once cirrhosis has taken place, the blood vessels in the liver are totally re-routed away from where they can best bring blood to the liver cells. There's also a barrier of scar blocking access of blood to most of the liver cells. Liver cells grow back faster than hair. Scar doesn't heal fully, either in the liver or on the scalp. ...Read more

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Can naltrexone cause liver damage?

Can naltrexone cause liver damage?

Yes: There is a risk of liver damage, this risk is increased with preexisting liver problems or very high doses of the med. Usually your doctor will make that assessment and monitor your liver enzymes before and while you are on it. Properly monitored the risk is low. ...Read more

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Can you die from liver failure?

Can you die from liver failure?

Definitely: You need your liver to live. It's the master biochemist in the body; makes proteins, bile, clotting factors, detoxifies drugs, chemicals, poisons, etc. Death from liver failure usually is not pretty; can be associated with abdominal fluid collection (ascites), which can get infected, altered mental status (with or without coma), weight loss, bleeding from varicose veins of esophagus stomach, etc. ...Read more

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Ca you reverse or repair liver damage or liver disease?

What is cause?: Liver disease is not only one problem.. There are several causes and several stages of each... The treatments depend on the cause and the stage.. There are preventions and treatments for some viral causes, flukes and metabolic and alcoholic causes.. Ask the doctor for a discussion... You may need a liver biopsy or an ct/mri first. ...Read more

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How can heavy drinking damage the liver?

How can heavy drinking damage the liver?

Absolutely: large consumption can lead to liver damage and possibly cirrhosis and fatty liver. everything done in moderation is often a good rule to follow ...Read more

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Can recover liver damaged by alcohol?

Depends, often yes: Alcohol harms the liver in stages, and until the very end stages (cirrhosis = scarring), the damage is reversible if one stops drinking. First is alcoholic hepatitis, which can show just on lab tests, or can cause right upper abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting, bloating, jaundice (yellow skin), bruising/bleeding, and hormone changes. Quitting drinking at any stage will improve health & decrease risks. ...Read more

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Can liver fibrosis due to drinking be reversed?also does acute liver failure cause long term damage over time as it heals?biopsy revealed fibrosis.

Can liver fibrosis due to drinking be reversed?also does acute liver failure cause long term damage over time as it heals?biopsy revealed fibrosis.

Not likely : Fibrosis of the liver is staged as 1-4. Stage 4 is cirrhosis. The problem with fibrosis is that it represents scar tissue formed within your liver due to repetitive damage to the hepatocytes (liver cells). Fibrosis may not be diagnosed after several years of repetitive acute damage. Review your pathology report and see what stage of fibrosis you are: early (1-2) or late (3-4). ...Read more

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How can one die of chronic ethanol abuse if no damages to liver ?

How can one die of chronic ethanol abuse if no damages to liver ?

Affects other organ: Chronic ethanol not only cause liver damage, but also cause damage to heart, brain, mental function. In heart, it cause heart failure. In the brain it can cause dementia. More importantly, other aspect of it is that it is one important cause of motor vehicle injury and death. ...Read more

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Any Ayurvedic way to reverse liver damage due to old alcohol habit?

Any Ayurvedic way to reverse liver damage due to old alcohol habit?

Nothing certain: There are such claims made by folks who believe in ayurvedic medicine. They are very doubtful in thier validity. I can not say anything certain or reliable about this belief or claim. ...Read more

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How many acetaminophen would cause liver damage?

How many acetaminophen would cause liver damage?

Eight plus: Most Acetaminophen pills are 500 mg. The generally accepted rule of thumb is that more than 4 grams (4000 mg) is likely to injure the liver. Thus a person should not exceed eight Acetaminophen pills per day. Less is even better. ...Read more

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What can lead to cirrhosis besided alcoholism and obesity?

What can lead to cirrhosis besided alcoholism and obesity?

Viral infection: You describe obesity as a cause of liver cirrhosis and i believe you may be referring to the also interesting phenomenon of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis that can be thought of as a form of early liver injury! the most important cause of liver cirrhosis if excluding alcoholism is viral infection. The hepatitis c virus is well known for causing cirrhosis if untreated in susceptible individuals. ...Read more

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Can alcoholic drink or physical damage, damage the cerebellum?

Can alcoholic drink or physical damage, damage the cerebellum?

Yes: Actually, this is one of the late side effects of alcoholism. Did you see old alcoholics who walk mornings there legs very carefully, with wide base, slow, not strait? - this is probably is a sign of the cerebellar damage. Some of the neuropsychiatrists believe that cerebellum also"shapes" thinking. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Alcohol Dependence (Definition)

Alcohol and any other form of dependence can be thought of as a need to drink, not to feel good, but rather, in an effort ...Read more


Dr. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Definition)

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