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Cirrhosis And Lactulose
Diagnosed with cirrhosis in 2009 taking lactulose & Lasix what is my prognosis without liver transplant?
Husband has liver fibrosis bridging cirrhosis but stopped drinking. takes lactulose and stopped drinking three months ago.will disesase get better?
Hoping so!: I'm going to assume that alcohol is the sole cause, and that he's been checked for hemochromatosis, Wilson's, and hepatitis B and C. If he does choose to stop drinking, having a loving and forgiving wife will be the most wonderful support he can have. Cirrhosis does regress some on achieving sobriety. Hopefully his mind is still basically okay. Wishing you both the best. ...Read more
I have mild HE due to Cirrhosis. My Gastro started me on Lactulose. Is this a symptom of decompensation?
Likely yes: I gather you mean hepatic encephalopathy, which comes from inability of liver to detoxify certain compounds coming from the intestine, many of which are made by normal bacteria. Key is keeping the gut flushing, sometimes w antibiotics, and not worsened by blood or red meats that form ammonia. Be sure you see GI specialist. Happy to consult further if questions. Be careful of tylenol intake. ...Read more
Variable: Lactulose is used to treat hepatic encephalopathy (confusion) from cirrhosis. When it stops working the liver doctor might be able to add other medications or investigate why it might not be working as well (such as stomach bleeding or dietary changes). How long it works depends on each individual patient and it may work until the very end for some patients. ...Read more
Alcohol caused husbands liver fibrosis. ammonia levels are slightly elevated and he takes lactulose. does fibrosis cause this when it's not cirrhosis?
Increased ammonia: By the time someone with alcoholic liver disease develops hepatic encephalopathy, cirrhosis of the liver is usually present. If the elevation is only slight and he is asymptomatic, it is possible to have fibrosis without cirrhosis, but he is certainly on his way to it. It is very important not to drink anymore alcohol at all. He also should not drive. He should follow up closely with his doctor. ...Read more
Hepc, cirohsis, heart fraction rate 40%, gall stones,MVR done in2006,last 2days constipation,taking lactulose 3times yestday, rifagut twice, no motion?
Need in-person care: Your issues, especially cirrhosis is too complicated to be addressed in this forum. It would be prudent to see your doctor for an in-person evaluation and care. ...Read more
How long can a person with cirrhosis live who still drinks alcohol daily, doesn't eat very much or some days doesn't eat at all.
Cannot say...: ...Conservative estimate would be weeks, but could continue on for years. We were designed with fragility and resiliency. Other medical issues, extent of cirrhosis (the yellow indicates severe) and compliance with treatment (even while drinking). Info provided suggests several days to few weeks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have Cirrhosis & feel I'm experiencing mild HE. My ammonia levels come back on the high normal range. Is it possible to have HE with normal ammonia?
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