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What medicines can help with treating fulminant hepatitis?

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Treatment for sudden liver failure depends on the cause. It may include:

Medicines to treat hepatitis. Doctors use antiviral medicines to treat some forms of viral hepatitis. For example, if hepatitis B is the reason your liver is failing, an antiviral drug can fight the virus. Other antivirals may help if the herpes simplex virus is causing fulminant hepatitis.

You may get steroids if autoimmune hepatitis is the cause.

From: What Is Fulminant Hepatitis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation : “Fulminant hepatic failure: etiology and indications for liver transplantation.”

UpToDate: “Acute liver failure in adults: Etiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis” and “Some drugs, herbal products, and toxins associated with acute liver failure.”

Mayo Clinic: “Acute Liver Failure.”

University of California San Francisco Department of Surgery: “Acute Liver Failure (ALF).”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Acute Liver Failure.”

CDC: “Travelers’ Health.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 13, 2018

SOURCES:

Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation : “Fulminant hepatic failure: etiology and indications for liver transplantation.”

UpToDate: “Acute liver failure in adults: Etiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis” and “Some drugs, herbal products, and toxins associated with acute liver failure.”

Mayo Clinic: “Acute Liver Failure.”

University of California San Francisco Department of Surgery: “Acute Liver Failure (ALF).”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Acute Liver Failure.”

CDC: “Travelers’ Health.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 13, 2018

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