What can I do to control my ascites?

  • Weigh yourself daily. Call your doctor if you gain more than 10 lbs (or more than 2 lbs per day on 3 consecutive days).
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink. Better yet, do not drink any alcoholic beverages at all. Reducing the amount of alcohol you drink reduces the risk of developing ascites.
  • Limit use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®), aspirin, indomethacin, sulindac are examples of NSAIDs. These drugs affect the kidneys, causing water and salt to be retained by the body.
  • Follow guidelines for a low-salt diet. Recommended limits are 2,000 mg or less a day.

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