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What are treatments for hepatic encephalopathy (HE)?

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Your doctor may suggest two types of drugs to reduce the toxins in your body:

Lactulose: This is a type of sugar that can make you have more bowel movements. This helps get rid of some toxins from your body, like ammonia, which can trigger HE.

Antibiotics: Drugs like neomycin (Neo-Fradin) and rifaximin (Rifagut, Xifaxan) may help. They curb bacteria that create toxins when they digest your food.

From: Hepatic Encephalopathy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Liver Foundation: "Living With Hepatic Encephalopathy."

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases: "Hepatic Encephalopathy in Chronic Liver Disease: 2014 Practice Guideline."

Canadian Liver Foundation: "Hepatic Encephalopathy."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 15, 2018

SOURCES:

American Liver Foundation: "Living With Hepatic Encephalopathy."

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases: "Hepatic Encephalopathy in Chronic Liver Disease: 2014 Practice Guideline."

Canadian Liver Foundation: "Hepatic Encephalopathy."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 15, 2018

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