The liver is a large organ that is located on the upper right side of the body. It is considered part of the digestive system as it detoxifies the products we ingest, including medications, and produces chemicals necessary for digestion.
The liver’s main function is to regulate chemicals by breaking down harmful or toxic substances and excrete them. When the liver is damaged to any extent, these functions are compromised; the more damage the less the liver is able to function.
In the presence of liver failure, medications should be carefully considered to ensure the benefits outweigh the risks. Monitoring is also necessary to be sure that medications are not progressing the liver failure, and that the side effects are manageable by the patient.
This month we are discussing DUI and Liver Failure by way of a case study. The blog topics for this month are:
- Case Summary (4/1/16)
- What does the liver do? (4/8/16)
- Liver disease and medications (4/15/16)
- Educating about medications (4/22/16)
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