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Can Liver inflammation cause sexual weakness, if yes then what the home remedies + treatment + What precautionary measure should be done.

My ALT & AST values 72 & 75 respectively. I take silymarin 200mg than it come normal but when I leave tablet it gone higher again.



Dear Amjad,

A side effect of silymarin is impotence.

Inflammation of the liver in most people causes no symptoms. Others have one or more of the following symptoms:

* Yellowish eyes and skin, called jaundice
* A longer than usual amount of time for bleeding to stop
* Swollen stomach or ankles
* Easy bruising
* Tiredness
* Upset stomach
* Fever
* Loss of appetite
* Diarrhea
* Light-colored stools
* Dark yellow urine

Drug-induced hepatitis (inflammation of the liver cells) is similar to viral hepatitis; they both can cause elevations in blood levels of aspartate amino transferase (AST) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) (enzymes that leak from the injured liver and into the blood) as well as anorexia (loss of appetite), fatigue, and nausea.

No medical treatment is available for acute viral hepatitis.
Chronic hepatitis B can be treated with interferon alfa or lamivudine (Zeffix).
Chronic hepatitis C can be treated with interferon alfa and ribavirin (tribavirin).
Autoimmune hepatitis can by treated with corticosteroids.

What can be done at home?

* Avoid drinking alcohol if you have symptoms of hepatitis or if a blood sample has shown that the disease is active.
* If alcoholism is the cause, you must stop drinking completely and see your doctor. Eat a well-balanced diet.
* If you have symptoms of acute hepatitis, you may need to slow down. However, if you feel fine, there is no reason why you should not go to work and keep up your other activities.
* If you have chronic hepatitis, try to lead a normal life as far as possible.
* People with hepatitis B must inform their family and their sexual partners about it. They will need to protect themselves by being vaccinated against it. Condoms should be used until the vaccine has begun to work.
* If you have hepatitis A, you must inform your family, so that they can protect themselves against it by practicing good hygiene and having injections of gammaglobulin (normal immunoglobulin).
* If you have chronic hepatitis, you should have regular examinations by your doctor.

How can hepatitis be prevented?

* By avoiding exposure to the infectious hepatitis viruses.
* By being vaccinated against hepatitis A and hepatitis B, if you run a high risk of being infected.
* By refraining from drinking large amounts of alcohol.

Factors which cause or exacerbate liver inflammation

<+> Eating dairy fat (cream, butter, cheese)
<+> Direct touch to lower right of rib cage (I can't for example rest my hand or arm there).
<+> Exposure to volatile chemicals (e.g. paint, petrol, pesticide - my chemical sensitivity has become extreme over the past year and I cannot cope with other people's perfume, deodorant, hair spray, cleaning products etc)
<+> Exertion of upper body, particularly with right arm

Long-term treatment with silymarin significantly increased survival rates in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 105 people with cirrhosis.

Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) has been used medicinally for over 2,000 years, most commonly for the treatment of liver and gallbladder disorders.

Silymarin (Legalon®) 230-600 milligrams per day divided into two to three doses has been studied.

Milk thistle appears to be well tolerated in recommended doses for up to six years.

Some patients in studies have experienced stomach upset, headache, and itching. There are rare reports of appetite loss, gas, heartburn, diarrhea, joint pain, and impotence with milk thistle use.

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