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What can I do for hepatic encephalopathy (HE)?

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You can do some things to help with your symptoms. If you eat a lot of meat, your body may make too much ammonia. Your doctor may ask you to cut back, but you still need to get enough protein from other sources. Try dairy and veggies. Also eat frequent small meals rather than three big ones a day. You also should:

  • Skip alcohol.
  • Treat infections.
  • Stop some medications. Certain medicines, such as sedatives or narcotics, may cause problems with your liver.
  • Treat constipation.

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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