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Avoid any substances that may cause liver damage

Review all your medications with your doctor, including any over-the-counter products you take, and pain relief medication. Depending on the degree of liver damage, your medications or their doses may need to be adjusted. Likewise for any vitamins or ‘all-natural’ supplements you take, which can even harm a healthy liver in excessive doses or dangerously alter the intended effects of your medications. Also review any weight-loss or muscle-building supplements with your doctor. You can talk to your pharmacist about your condition and the medications and supplements you’re taking. Their advice can supplement your doctor’s, as they know which substances are hard on the liver, and about unwanted effects of taking certain drugs and supplements at the same time.

The single most important substance to avoid is alcohol. Try hard to eliminate or radically minimize your alcohol consumption. It is a very attainable lifestyle change if you make it a personal goal and give yourself a timeline. As alcohol is so ubiquitous in many social situations, be sure to let friends and family know that you’re serious and determined to change your habits.

You must also avoid or limit your exposure to toxic liquids and fumes like solvents (e.g. paint thinner), chemical household cleansers, and gardening pesticides and herbicides. These can further damage your liver. If you must use chemicals, cover your skin, wear gloves and a mask and keep the area well ventilated.