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What can I do for liver swelling & how do the TB drugs and NSAID s affect the liver ?

I have abdominal pain because of liver swelling. Have a mild swelling on the face too. My LFT tests show a slight elevation in bilirubin and other liver enzymes. I am on TB medicines for the past 2 months.I also take Naproxen for relief from headaches. Obviously have lost lot of weight. The doctors say that I should just drink lots of water and eat well to make my liver feel better. Is there anything else I can do? Why is this happening to me ? How do the TB drugs and NSAID s affect the liver ?
Wed, 4 May 2011
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hello;
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The medicines used in tuberculosis are hepatotoxic and cause disturbances in LFT and swelling on liver so please consult your doctor and show him the LFT and he will advise you some medicines to control and treat the increased liver enzymes and if required he may stop the tuberculosis medicines for few days.Please consult him.
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General & Family Physician Dr. Mohammed Tauseef's  Response
Hi, Welcome to HealthcareMagic Forum.
These are the side effects of Anti -TB Medicines, as they affect Liver functioning causing elevated Liver Enzymes and its Enlargement. Not to worry, you will have to take them as directed by your Doctor and go for regular follow up. But do not stop TB Medications until you complete the course as there will be chances of Relapse. Once you stop taking them, the Liver Parameters will return to normal.
Eat healthy nutritious balanced diet and get adequate rest.

Wish you Good Health.
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