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What is the treatment for autoimmune hepatitis?

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Treatment usually starts once you have symptoms or your doctor notices that your lab test results are getting worse. At first your doctor will likely suggest you take prednisone, a steroid that eases inflammation. They might start you on a high dose, then lower it and add azathioprine (Imuran) or 6-mercaptopurine (Purinethol), which curbs your immune system.

SOURCES:      

Autoimmune Hepatitis Association: "What is Autoimmune Hepatitis? A brief overview," "What causes AIH?"

American Liver Foundation: "Autoimmune Hepatitis."

National Organization for Rare Diseases: "Autoimmune Hepatitis."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: "Autoimmune Hepatitis."

World Health Organization: "What is hepatitis?"

UpToDate: "Patient education: Autoimmune hepatitis (Beyond the Basics)."

Medscape: "Autoimmune Hepatitis."

National Library of Medicine: "Acute Hepatitis."

British Liver Trust: "Autoimmune Hepatitis."

Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center: "Autoimmune hepatitis."

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on May 11, 2020

SOURCES:      

Autoimmune Hepatitis Association: "What is Autoimmune Hepatitis? A brief overview," "What causes AIH?"

American Liver Foundation: "Autoimmune Hepatitis."

National Organization for Rare Diseases: "Autoimmune Hepatitis."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: "Autoimmune Hepatitis."

World Health Organization: "What is hepatitis?"

UpToDate: "Patient education: Autoimmune hepatitis (Beyond the Basics)."

Medscape: "Autoimmune Hepatitis."

National Library of Medicine: "Acute Hepatitis."

British Liver Trust: "Autoimmune Hepatitis."

Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center: "Autoimmune hepatitis."

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on May 11, 2020

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