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What is the treatment for autoimmune hepatitis?

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If you don't have any symptoms of autoimmune hepatitis, your doctor may decide not to treat you right away. Instead, you'll get blood tests and liver biopsies now and then to make sure your liver is still healthy. 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 lessens 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.

From: What Is Autoimmune Hepatitis (AIH)? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 21, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 9/21/2017

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 Neha Pathak on September 21, 2017

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 Neha Pathak on September 21, 2017

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