DEAR DOCTOR K: I have cirrhosis of the liver. I also get tension headaches. What pain reliever can I take for my tension headaches?
DEAR READER: One of the liver's many jobs is detoxification -- ridding the blood of toxins. Cirrhosis, a liver disease, interferes with the liver's ability to detoxify substances in the blood. Your liver sees medications as toxins. When your liver is compromised, medications that are normally considered "safe" may no longer be safe for you.