Adult Jaundice Jaundice is a condition in which the skin, whites of the eyes and mucous membranes turn yellow because of a high level of bilirubin, a yellow-orange bile pigment. In adults, jaundice itself usually isn’t treated. But your doctor will treat the condition that’s causing it.
Jaundice in Adults Published: November, Welcome to the Decision Guide for Jaundice. Jaundice in adults is caused by various medical conditions that affect the normal metabolism or excretion of bilirubin. Bilirubin is mostly formed from the daily breakdown and destruction of red blood cells in the bloodstream, which release hemoglobin as they rupture.
Many drugs can cause jaundice in adults, including acetaminophen, amiodarone, isoniazid, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), anabolic steroids, and a number of antibiotics. Jaundice usually doesn't require treatment in adults (it's a more severe problem in infants). The causes and complications of jaundice can be treated.