Infectious disease specialist, Vincent Lo Re, MD, MSCE, and director of the Living Liver Donor Transplant program, David Goldberg, MD, MSCE, set out to uncover the prevalence and outcomes of drug-induced acute liver failure in the United States.
|Dr. Lo Re|
Among the 5,484,224 patients evaluated, 62 were identified with acute liver failure, nearly half of which were drug-induced. Acetaminophen was associated with 56 percent of cases, dietary and herbal supplements with 19 percent, antibiotics with six percent and miscellaneous medications with 18 percent.
What This Means
“These data are reassuring in that they demonstrate that the risk of liver failure, the most dreaded complication from medication-induced liver failure, is a rare event. However, people should still be vigilant about the potential risks of medications and/or supplements, especially for those over-the-counter products that have limited to no proven efficacy.”
If you’ve had liver failure, you know how challenging it can be. Share with your family and friends that they need to be careful about over-the-counter medications and supplements – and amounts –that they choose to take. Make sure to take medications as indicated.