Ascites Prevention

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How to Prevent Ascites

To decrease the risk of ascites, take the following steps to prevent cirrhosis, the most common cause of ascites:

  • Drink alcohol in moderation. This means no more than one drink per day for women and two for men.
  • Practice safe sex to avoid hepatitis.
  • Do not share intravenous (IV) needles.
  • Get vaccinated for hepatitis B.
  • If you are taking medications that can damage your liver, follow your doctor's guidelines on getting your blood tested.

If you have had ascites, you can prevent their reoccurrence by:

  • Not drinking alcohol
  • Limiting your use of all medications, including over-the-counter drugs (unless recommended otherwise by your doctor)
  • Restricting your sodium intake
  • Taking diuretics as recommended by your doctor


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