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Suggest treatment for alcoholic hepatitis

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Posted on Tue, 19 May 2015
Question: Hello.
Just got blood tests back. All OK, except bilirubin:
- total = 2.6 mg dL
- direct = 0.7
- indirect = 1.9
GOT (AST), GPT (ALT) normal.
And yes, I drink a lot. And yes, I will stop.
Of course, will go back to my doctor, but she is away.
But I'm just wondering whether this is like a reaction to heavy drinking in the past weeks, and will subside (although I guess I would need to assess the state of my liver), or if this is more directly life-threatening (like acute cirrhosis).
I am 46 and binge drink once or twice a week. In recent weeks it has been more.
Thanks
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Answered by Dr. Ajit Naniksingh Kukreja (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Avoid Alcohol

Detailed Answer:
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Thanks for writing in

It seems you have developed alcoholic hepatitis

It is better you avoid alcohol, take fat free diet, rest for a minimum of two weeks and take some hepatoprotective medicines available in your town

In the mean time get a complete liver panel and an ultrasound of abdomen done

It is reversible depending on the damage done which can be ascertained by an ultrasound

Hope this helps
Do write back in case of concern
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Brief Answer: Avoid Alcohol Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for writing in It seems you have developed alcoholic hepatitis It is better you avoid alcohol, take fat free diet, rest for a minimum of two weeks and take some hepatoprotective medicines available in your town In the mean time get a complete liver panel and an ultrasound of abdomen done It is reversible depending on the damage done which can be ascertained by an ultrasound Hope this helps Do write back in case of concern