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History of jaundice. Can I drink alcohol? Want supplement to protect liver

hello, i was diagnosed with jaundice , my eyes got really yellow, and i was itching alot, it has been 3 weeks and now my eyes are very little yellow and the itching has gone away and my urin has gone back to normal color too. My questions is, when will i be able to drink alcohol again??? and is there any supplement i can take on a dailly basis to protect my liver like milk thistle?
Asked On : Tue, 26 Mar 2013
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
It all depends on why you developed jaundice. If it was due to alcohol, you should definitely avoid it completely for the rest of your life.
If the jaundice was due to something acute and unrelated such as Hepatitis A, or a medication induced liver injury, then I would wait until your liver is completely recovered for at least 6 months to a year (with completely normal liver enzymes). Consult with a gastroenterologist or hepatologist beforehand.
No supplement is proven to help protect the liver. Milk thistle is popular, but the research studies show no benefit (unless given intravenous and in very high doses). Also milk thistle is not an FDA regulated supplement, so the efficacy, if any, varies depending on the brand.
Answered: Sun, 31 Mar 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Somanath Krishnan's  Response
It is a god-given chance for you, to FORGET Alcohol once for all. The fact that you are recovering from Liver Damage is a surprise. Don't spoil the game-Leave the drinks. For the welfare of the injured liver, it is advisable to take "Liv 52" , 2 caps twice daily for a month. A weakened Liver can easily get damaged by consuming alcohol All the best..........................
.................................................................................. Dr. Somanath Krishnan
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