Which treatments may diminish symptoms or prevent cirrhosis?

Updated: Jul 30, 2018
  • Author: David C Wolf, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Specific medical therapies may be applied to many liver diseases in an effort to diminish symptoms and to prevent or forestall the development of cirrhosis. Examples of such treatments include the following:

  • Prednisone and azathioprine - For autoimmune hepatitis

  • Interferon and other antiviral agents - For hepatitis B and C

  • Phlebotomy - For hemochromatosis

  • Ursodeoxycholic acid - For primary biliary cirrhosis

  • Trientine and zinc - For Wilson disease


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