Don't add salt to your foods when you cook. Do not sprinkle salt on your food. Use herbs or spices to add flavor to your foods.
Ask your doctor before taking any other medicines, vitamins, herbs, or supplements that you buy at the store. This includes acetaminophen (Tylenol), cold medicines, aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and others.
Ask your doctor if you need shots (immunizations) for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, pneumococcus, and the flu.
You will need to see your doctor for regular follow-up visits. Keep these appointments so your doctor can check your condition.
Other tips for caring for your liver are:
Eat a healthy diet and keep your weight at a healthy level.
Try to avoid constipation.
Get enough exercise and rest.
Try to reduce your stress.
When to Call the Doctor
Call your doctor or nurse if you have:
Fever above 100.5 °F, or a fever that does not go away
Blood in your stool or black, tarry stools
Blood in your vomit
Bruising or bleeding more easily
A buildup of fluid in your belly
Swollen legs or ankles
Confusion or problems staying awake
Yellow color to your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)
Garcia-Tsao, G. Cirrhosis and its sequellae. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D. Cecil Textbook of Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 157.
George F Longstreth, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program San Diego, California. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.