Treatment for acute liver failure depends on the underlying cause. If your healthcare
provider thinks you took too much acetaminophen, you will probably be given activated
charcoal. Taking this will help your body lower how much medicine is absorbed in your
gastrointestinal tract. Or you may take N-acetylcysteine. This medicine can also help
with an acetaminophen overdose. You can take this medicine either by mouth or through
your vein. It is also sometimes helpful to people with acute liver failure that was
caused by too much acetaminophen.
If viral hepatitis is the cause of your acute liver failure, your healthcare
provider may give you certain medicines depending on the type of hepatitis you have. If
you have autoimmune hepatitis, your healthcare provider can treat you with steroids.
your healthcare provider can’t find the cause of your acute liver failure, you may
a liver biopsy. This test can give more information about your liver. It can also
your healthcare provider decide on treatment.
treatment can’t get your liver working again, you may need a liver transplant. Good
candidates for transplant are strong enough for surgery. They don’t have underlying
cardiovascular disease, severe infection, or other diseases, like AIDS. But people
controlled HIV can get a liver transplant. If you are approved for a liver transplant,
your name will be put on a waiting list to get a donated organ. People with the most
urgent need are placed at the top of the list.
While you are waiting for a liver to become available, you may be able to have some
therapies to keep you alive. But how well these treatments may work is unclear.