Drug-induced liver disease is a disease of the liver.
Mild drug injury to the liver may not produce any symptoms. Signs and symptoms of drug-induced liver disease, when they do appear, vary in severity and can include
- vague abdominal pain,
- loss of appetite,
- yellowing of the skin (jaundice) due to the accumulation of bilirubin in the blood,
- itching, or
- easy bruising due to decreased production of blood clotting factors by the diseased liver.
Causes of drug-induced liver disease
Physician-prescribed medications, over-the-counter medications, illicit drugs, environmental toxins, or other substances such as supplements, hormones, or vitamins may cause drug-induced liver disease. Many drugs can cause liver diseases. Examples include chemotherapy drugs and drugs used to treat hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, and irregular heart rhythms.
Other drug-induced liver disease symptoms and signs
- Easy Bruising Due to Decreased Production of Blood Clotting Factors by the Diseased Liver
- Loss of Appetite
- Vague Abdominal Pain
- Yellowing of the Skin (Jaundice) Due to the Accumulation of Bilirubin in the Blood
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