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Things to do to take care of your liver

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Do these things to take care of your liver - Cirrhosis for Patients

Check off the statements that show what you have done or are going to do to take care of your liver:

  • I am not drinking alcohol or using drugs.
  • I always take the medications that my provider has ordered for me. I know their names and purpose.
  • I tell my provider if I am taking over-the-counter or herbal medications.
  • I don't take pain pills like ibuprofen (Motrin®, Advil®) or Naprosyn (Aleve®), especially if I have ascites.
  • I don't take too many Tylenol® (acetaminophen) pills, and I never take Tylenol with alcohol.
  • I avoid sleeping pills or tranquilizers.
  • If my provider tells me to take lactulose, I take enough to move my bowels two or three times a day.
  • I keep all of my medical appointments or call if I need to reschedule.
  • I have been tested to see whether I need to get the hepatitis A and B vaccines (hepatitis A and B are viruses that attack the liver).
  • I have received the pneumonia vaccine and I get my annual flu shot (people with cirrhosis are more likely to get infections).
  • I eat a well-balanced diet that is low in fat and includes enough protein. I cut down on salt (sodium), read food labels, and avoid canned or prepared foods, especially if I have ascites.
  • I never let myself get constipated. If it happens, I tell my health care provider.
  • I keep a healthy weight and weigh myself regularly if my provider recommends it.
  • I make sure to have a balance of work, rest, and exercise in my life.
  • I cope well with stress (or I ask for guidance when I can't cope).
  • I tell my health care provider if I am depressed.
  • I have never smoked cigarettes, I have quit smoking, or I have discussed quitting with my health care provider.
  • I have asked my health care provider whether I need a liver transplant.