Effectiveness of Hepatoprotectors in the Practice of a Family Doctor


Yevheniia Zaremba
Olha Smaliukh
Olha Zaremba


Hepatoprotectors – drugs that form the basis of pathogenetic treatment of various liver diseases. They help restore impaired hepatocyte function, increase the resistance of liver cells to the effects of pathological factors, enhance the detoxification function of hepatocytes, have antioxidant properties. There is no generally accepted classification of hepatoprotectors today, they are divided into several groups depending on the origin: plant, animal, synthetic origin, products containing essential phospholipids, amino acids, vitamins, and other groups.

One of the well-known hepatoprotectors of plant origin is glycyrrhizin – the main active ingredient of licorice root. Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is a drug used in medicine since ancient times, as evidenced by historical data from China, Japan, India, Greece, and Europe. Licorice root is widely used today in medicine and the food industry. Glycyrrhizin – potassium and calcium salt of glycyrrhizinic acid, has a wide range of properties. It is used mainly for the treatment of chronic liver disease. In non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, the use of glycyrrhizin helps reduce steatosis, inflammation in the liver has an antifibrotic effect. Studies on the use of glycyrrhizinic acid in hepatocellular carcinoma are actively conducted, as its antitumor properties are known. It is included in the treatment of chronic viral hepatitis. In vitro studies have shown the antiviral activity of glycyrrhizin against HIV-1, SARS-associated virus, respiratory syncytial virus, arboviruses, and its potential for coronavirus control is being discussed. Possibilities of application of glycyrrhizin and cardiovascular diseases are studied. In this article, we present a review of current literature data on glycerol, its properties, and applications in liver disease, other diseases, and our own clinical observations.


Author Biographies

Yevheniia Zaremba, Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University

Yevheniia H. Zaremba,

Department of Family Medicine at the Faculty of Postgraduate Education

Olha Smaliukh, Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University

Olha V. Smaliukh,

Department of Family Medicine at the Faculty of Postgraduate Education

Olha Zaremba, Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University

Olha V. Zaremba,

Department of Family Medicine at the Faculty of Postgraduate Education


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