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What is liver failure?

The liver executes numerous functions. It filters blood, converts food to usable energy and has a defensive function. When the liver cannot perform some or all of these functions, the condition is called liver failure.

What are its main signs and symptoms?

Liver failure is of two main types: acute and chronic.

  • Acute liver failure occurs with a sudden onset- in a few days or weeks. Symptoms include:
    • Yellowish tinge of skin and eyes (jaundice)
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Fatigue and confusion
    • Severe liver failure can cause brain damage, called cerebral encephalopathy causing loss of orientation of space and time
  • Chronic liver failure can take months or even years to show any symptoms. In addition to symptoms of acute liver failure, other signs seen are:
    • Fluid retention in the legs causing swelling
    • Fluid accumulation in the abdomen (ascites)
    • Weight loss
    • Spontaneous bleeding

A third type, called acute-on-chronic liver failure, has recently been recognised, where chronic liver failure is exaggerated due to sudden worsening of liver function.

What are its main causes?

  • Causes of acute liver failure are:
    • Side effects of some medications like antiepileptics
    • Viral infections like hepatitis B or hepatitis C infection
    • Consuming poisonous substances
    • Sometimes, cancer can also cause liver failure
    • Herbal preparations
  • Causes of chronic liver failure are:
    • Long-term alcoholism
    • Hepatic cirrhosis
    • Autoimmune diseases like autoimmune hepatitis
    • Genetic diseases
    • Malnourishment

How is it diagnosed and treated?

When you approach a doctor with the above symptoms, he/she will look for a history of medications taken, alcohol consumption and genetic illnesses.

  • A simple blood test along with a biopsy can help diagnose a liver disorder.
  • Abdominal ultrasound, CT scan and MRI are some other tests that help the physician assess the health of the liver.

Treatment includes treating the underlying cause and correcting symptoms to stabilize the patient.

  • If a medicine has caused hepatic failure, the medicine is substituted with other drugs to reverse its effects.
  • If only a part of the liver is affected, that part can be removed so the liver can regenerate.
  • If liver failure is due to an irreversible cause, a liver transplant is the only alternative.
  • Diet and lifestyle changes are also required to supplement treatment.
  1. Medicines for Liver Failure
  2. Doctors for Liver Failure
Dr. Mahesh Kumar Gupta

Dr. Mahesh Kumar Gupta

गैस्ट्रोएंटरोलॉजी

Dr. Raajeev Hingorani

Dr. Raajeev Hingorani

गैस्ट्रोएंटरोलॉजी

Dr. Vineet Mishra

Dr. Vineet Mishra

गैस्ट्रोएंटरोलॉजी

Medicines for Liver Failure

Medicines listed below are available for Liver Failure. Please note that you should not take any medicines without doctor consultation. Taking any medicine without doctor's consultation can cause serious problems.

Medicine NamePack SizePrice (Rs.)
ActibileActibile 150 Mg Tablet134.0
GolbiGolbi 150 Mg Tablet123.0
SorbidiolSorbidiol 150 Mg Tablet118.0
UdihepUdihep 150 Mg Tablet183.0
Udiliv TabletUdiliv 150 Mg Tablet149.0
UlysesUlyses 150 Mg Tablet129.0
UrsetorUrsetor 150 Mg Tablet107.0
UrsocolUrsocol 150 Mg Tablet119.0
UrsokemUrsokem 150 Mg Tablet125.0
UrsomaxUrsomax 150 Mg Tablet113.0
AliveonAliveon 150 Mg Tablet82.0
BilefixBilefix 300 Mg Tablet373.0
CholidolCholidol 150 Mg Tablet138.0
EstucholEstuchol 150 Mg Tablet129.0
FortibileFortibile 150 Mg Tablet100.0
GemiuroGemiuro 300 Mg Capsule229.0
HepakindHepakind 150 Mg Tablet100.0
HepalifeHepalife 300 Mg Tablet Cr217.0
HepexaHepexa 150 Mg Tablet121.0
HepsodilHepsodil 300 Mg Tablet288.0
LevalonLevalon 150 Mg Tablet94.0
SolubidSolubid 150 Mg Tablet119.0
UdaUda 150 Mg Tablet96.0
UdcamentUdcament 125 Mg/5 Ml Suspension296.0
UdchampUdchamp 150 Mg Tablet95.0
UdcolivUdcoliv 150 Mg Tablet120.0
UdebileUdebile 150 Mg Tablet89.0
UdicolUdicol 150 Mg Tablet114.0
UdigalUdigal 150 Mg Tablet199.0
UdigoldUdigold 150 Mg Tablet112.0
UdikoolUdikool 300 Mg Tablet161.0
Udimarin Forte SrUdimarin Forte Sr 450 Mg Tablet395.0
UrdiogemUrdiogem 150 Mg Tablet111.0
UrdohepUrdohep 150 Mg Tablet96.0
UrmedUrmed 300 Mg Tablet234.0
UrsUrs 150 Mg Tablet197.0
UrsobileUrsobile 150 Mg Tablet105.0
UrsodayUrsoday 150 Mg Tablet152.0
UrsodoxUrsodox 150 Mg Tablet120.0
UrsofordUrsoford 150 Mg Tablet114.0
Ursoford SrUrsoford Sr 500 Mg Tablet298.0
UrsolUrsol 150 Mg Tablet85.0
UrsolicUrsolic 150 Mg Tablet104.0
GenursoGenurso 300 Mg Tablet212.0
HepatinicHepatinic 125 Mg/5 Ml Suspension298.0
LivokindLivokind 150 Mg Tablet77.0
StonilStonil Suspension79.0
UdironUdiron 300 Mg Tablet210.0
UdiwokUdiwok 150 Mg Tablet114.0
UdmaxUdmax 150 Mg Tablet120.0
UrchilUrchil 150 Mg Tablet84.0
Urchil ForteUrchil Forte 300 Mg Tablet179.0
UrdoxUrdox Capsule142.0
UricureUricure 150 Mg Tablet107.0
UrijonUrijon 300 Mg Tablet240.0
UrostoneUrostone 300 Mg Tablet280.0
UrsocadUrsocad 150 Mg Tablet106.0
UrsodilUrsodil 250 Mg Tablet206.0
UrsotabUrsotab 150 Mg Tablet93.0
UdimarinUdimarin 140 Mg/300 Mg Tablet0.0
ActimarinActimarin 70 Mg/150 Mg Tablet0.0
Gemiuro PlusGemiuro Plus Tablet0.0
Udimarin ForteUdimarin Forte 140 Mg/300 Mg Tablet0.0
UdiplusUdiplus 140 Mg/300 Mg Tablet0.0
Ulyses PlusUlyses Plus 140 Mg/300 Mg Tablet0.0
UdibonUdibon 140 Mg/300 Mg Tablet359.0
Urdohep SlUrdohep Sl 140 Mg/300 Mg Tablet273.9
Ursetor PlusUrsetor Plus 300 Mg/140 Mg Tablet306.61
Ursodox PlusUrsodox Plus Tablet298.0
Ursokem PlusUrsokem Plus 140 Mg/300 Mg Tablet341.0
Ursolic PlusUrsolic Plus Tablet250.0
Hapexa MHapexa M 500 Mg/150 Mg Tablet154.0
Hepexa MHepexa M 500 Mg/150 Mg Tablet154.0
Liv AptLiv Apt 250 Mg/70 Mg/50 Mg Tablet410.0

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