Drug induced liver injury (DILI)

Also called: DILI, drug induced liver failure, DILF, drug induced hepatitis, or drug induced hepatotoxicity.

If a medicine causes damage to your liver, this is called Drug Induced Liver Injury or DILI. 

Your liver has an amazing ability to repair itself when it has been damaged. So, most people will fully recover from drug induced liver injury. But recovery can take time. In some rare cases, people can become very unwell and need medical treatment.

All medicines sometimes have side effects, but they are hard to predict and different for different people. It is important to keep a record of all the medicines you take in case there is a problem.

Sudden (acute) liver failure that happens after an overdose of paracetamol is treated differently to drug induced liver injury. You can find more information on this page. Acute liver failure caused by paracetamol overdose.

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