Abdominal disorders

Cirrhosis

(Liver cirrhosis)

About Cirrhosis

Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver. Scar tissue forms because of injury or long-term disease. Scar tissue cannot do what healthy liver tissue does - make protein, help fight infections, clean the blood, help digest food and store energy. Cirrhosis can lead to

  • Easy bruising or bleeding, or nosebleeds
  • Swelling of the abdomen or legs
  • Extra sensitivity to medicines
  • High blood pressure in the vein entering the liver
  • Enlarged veins called varices in the esophagus and stomach. Varices can bleed suddenly.
  • Kidney failure
  • Jaundice
  • Severe itching
  • Gallstones

A small number of people with cirrhosis get liver cancer.

Your doctor will diagnose cirrhosis with blood tests, imaging tests, or a biopsy.

Cirrhosis has many causes. In the United States, the most common causes are chronic alcoholism and hepatitis. Nothing will make the scar tissue disappear, but treating the cause can keep it from getting worse. If too much scar tissue forms, you may need to consider a liver transplant.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Top Medications for Cirrhosis according to our users

Button Group. All currently active
  • All men

  • Brand (generic)% of users who said medication was worth it
  • Not enough reviews in this category. Help someone out, review a medication!
  • All women

  • Brand (generic)% of users who said medication was worth it
  • Not enough reviews in this category. Help someone out, review a medication!

All Medications for Cirrhosis

  • Antihypertensive > Diuretic

  • Antihypertensive > Beta blocker

    • Coreg
      (Carvedilol)
      Prescription only

      Coreg (Carvedilol) is good for controlling chest pain and treating heart failure and heart attack. You have to take it with food, and you can't miss doses.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
    • Propranolol
      Prescription only

      Inderal (Propranolol) is good for treating many heart problems and other problems in the body, but it has more side effects than other beta blockers. You can't miss doses.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Liquid

Gallstone dissolution

  • Urso
    (Ursodiol)
    Prescription only

    Actigall (Ursodiol) is a decent way to get rid of gallstones if surgery isn't an option for you.

    Was it worth it?
    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Cirrhosis

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?

No tips yet for this condition, leave a tip!

What’s your best coping strategy?

No tips yet for this condition, leave a tip!

Besides medications, what else has worked for you?

No tips yet for this condition, leave a tip!