It will not be for this reason alone, it is clear. But cases of gastritis are on the rise – a figure that affects the entire world population – also due to the abuse of drugs. In particular of anti-inflammatories.
Gastric lesions from anti-inflammatories are actually becoming a problem, because patients often take them thinking that, being over the counter drugs, they are substantially risk-free. It is not so, and those who take them for long periods should always associate gastroprotectants.
The University of Liverpool reports that the Helicobacter Pylori bacterium, for a long time was probably the main cause of gastritis cases. But the pathology is increasing. And it is on the rise due to the use, often out of control, of anti-inflammatories also used to bring down a fever or to soothe headaches and other inflammatory symptoms. Let’s add that acetylsalicylic acid (the common aspirin), in doses lower than 325 milligrams per day, is increasingly used to reduce cardiovascular risk.
According to the Liverpool research coordinator, Crispin Musumba, in the sample of patients with gastritis that was the subject of the research, 57% made regular use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; 33% took the so-called aspirin. And Helicobacter infection was found in one in three gastric ulcers. Attention, therefore, to abuse also to that drugs usually perceived as without contraindications: as usual, it is common sense to have to meet us and not to make us forget that any substance we take will naturally have associated risks.
Here are some rules to follow in order not to poison the liver:
Do not abandon therapies necessary for fear of side effects on the liver, the doctor takes into account the risk-benefit ratio when prescribing a therapy.
(ALT, AST, alkaline phosphatase, GGT) once a year with a blood test.
After 4-6 weeks from the beginning of the treatment and then repeat them on a regular basis, as indicated by the doctor or every 6 months.
In whom the liver is not yet mature, and the elderly, who have a slowed metabolism and are often forced to take more than one drug, are at greater risk of liver damage from drugs. In this case, pay attention to the dosages, which differ from those expected for an adult.
Such as “fatty liver” (hepatic steatosis), are also at risk because metabolic reactions take place already with less efficacy.
However, attention should be paid to symptoms of malaise such as tiredness, nausea, fever if you are taking drugs or have recently taken them.
Some drug liver diseases appear weeks or months after taking the drug.
In conclusion How is liver disease resolved?
In most cases, the only therapy involves eliminating the drug that causes toxicity. It is useful in these cases to keep what you eat under control, certainly eliminating from your diet fatty foods and alcohol that can further strain the liver.
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