Liver (Anatomy and Function) (cont.)

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Liver inflammation is a relatively common side effect of medications. Some commonly prescribed medications include the following:

  • Acetaminophen over the counter (Tylenol, Panadol) but also in prescription pain medications (Lortab, Vicodin, Norco)
  • Statins (medications used to control elevated blood cholesterol levels)
  • Antibiotics (amoxiciilin-clavulinic acid [Augmentin, Augmentin XR], nitrofurantoin [Macrodantin, Furadantin, Macrobid], tetracycline, isoniazid)
  • Methotrexate
  • Antabuse
  • Herbal remedies, for example, kava kava, mahuang, comfrey

Toxins

  • Poisonous mushrooms may damage the liver and cause liver failure.

Genetic disorders

Genetic disorders can affect the liver, examples include the following:

  • Hemachromatosis with abnormal iron storage
  • Wilson's Disease with abnormal copper storage
  • Gilbert's Disease with abnormal bilirubin metabolism
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014

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