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Dr. Charles Cattano Dr. Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
35 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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Can I take maxilase (alpha-amylase 3000) and use salicylic acid patches at the same time? Thank you in advance

Can I take maxilase (alpha-amylase 3000) and use salicylic acid patches at the same time? Thank you in advance

No drug interactions: ...were identified upon quick search of drugs. Com, but you have provided us too little information upon which to base an educated guess--e.g. what's the condition you're treating, your other medications, or your general health (we don't even know your age!) to comment on the wisdom of the drug combination in question.

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Amylase (Definition)

An enzyme produced by either the panceas or the salivary glands that aid is the ...Read more


Dr. Amrita Dosanjh Dr. Dosanjh
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
32 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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My Daughter is experiencing fever38.5, running nose, cough and vomiting. She took panadol and alpha amylase for 2 days. Is this enough to heal her?

My Daughter is experiencing fever38.5, running nose, cough and vomiting. She took panadol and alpha amylase for 2 days. Is this enough to heal her?

Mgt: There are many possible causes for her symptoms, but most are self limited infections. If she has a sore throat, or persistent cough/ fever she should see her PCP to determine if she needs antibiotics.

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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What are amylase rich foods?

What are amylase rich foods?

No such thing: Amylase is an enzyme that helps you digest carbohydrates. If you feel well, your serum amylase is not a concern.

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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What produces amylase in your body?

What produces amylase in your body?

Pancreas and: Salivary glands. Amylase is needed for digestion of starch and is made predominantly by pancreas and salivary glands.

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Why is it okay for your amylase to be low, but not for it to be high?

Reference range: These ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies arbitrarily fall outside. A VERY low amylase might warn of a person who's lost their pancreas, but if this had happened, you'd know. Actually, labs are meaningless apart form patient histories and physical exams, and a high amylase is usually not a problem if you feel well.

Dr. Warren Wolfe Dr. Wolfe
Family Medicine
54 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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If my amylase is 15 points high should I be worried? What is amylase?

Good question.: amylase is one of a group of enzymes that catalyze the metabolism of starches and glycogen. A normal reference value for someone your age is35-115 units. Very high amylase is associated with several serious illnesses

Dr. John Fung Dr. Fung
Surgery
35 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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How do I lower amylase level?

You don't: Amylase is an enzyme made by the salivary glands, pancreas and intestine and excreted into the gut to facilitate breakdown of starch into sugars. The blood amylase level is a balance between synthesis/release of amylase and degradation/elimination of amylase. In certain conditions, amylase escapes into the blood, raising levels. It is excreted by kidney so elevation can be seen in kidney disease

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Dr. Arthur Heller Dr. Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
39 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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What does an elevated lipase and amylase mean?

What does an elevated lipase and amylase mean?

Can be pancreas infl: Amylase: enzyme made by pancreas and salivary glands. Elevation can be seen with pancreatitis, mumps, vomiting/bulimia sometimes with other GI (gallbladder, ulcer), gyn issues. Lipase is a somewhat more specific pancreatic enzyme. Mild elevations non specific, very high more specific marker of pancreatic inflammation. Kidney disease screws up the values. Incr. In cystic fibrosis, celiac, .

Dr. Payam Mehranpour Dr. Mehranpour
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
19 years in practice
Islamic Azad University, Teheran Medical Unit
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Does cholesterol medication increase the level of amylase?

No: Statins may cause elevation in liver enzymes. Pancreatitis may rarely occur with use of some statins which is associated with rise in amylase levels.

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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Is it possible to have pancretisis and not have a high amylase?

Is it possible to have pancretisis and not have a high amylase?

Yes: A person with chronic pancreatitis may have lost enough of the pancreatic tissue that increase in serum amylase does not reach diagnostic levels due to exhaustion of the gland.

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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What are normal Lipase and Amylase levels for 27 year old female?

Depends on the lab: However, there are pitfalls. The published ranges are set so that 5% of healthy people fall outside. Low values in a person who feels and appears well aren't helpful. Just the irritation of an ERCP can raise the numbers. And 1% of humankind have an antibody that causes a high amylase without there being anything else wrong. Most mild variations from normal can be ignored.

Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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My amylase enzyme was only 28 IU/l what could be making that so low?

Not of any concern: You can ignore this as it does not mean anything medically important. We only worry if the Amylase is high which would reflect damage to the pancreas. In your case we can say that your pancreas is very healthy. I do not even know why they checked it in the first place!

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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What does "amylase is more sensitive and lipase test is more specific" mean?

See below:: Amylase is elevated more often in patients with panreatitis, but elevated amylase, unless substantially high does not mean pancreatitis. When lipase is elevated the person is more likely to have pancreatitis. See this site for general explanation of these terms http://gim. Unmc. Edu/dxtests/reviewof. Htm.

Dr. Joy Jackson Dr. Jackson
Family Medicine
15 years in practice
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What are amylase my son is 9yrs nold and his amylase was 120 what does this mean

What are amylase my son is 9yrs nold and his amylase was 120 what does this mean

Amylase: Amylase is a enzyme that is found in the body, it's main function is to aid in digestion. It is often ordered if a problem (mainly inflammation) is suspected in the pancreas, if your son had abdominal pain, nausea, and/or vomiting then this test was likely ordered with many other tests including an abdominal ultrasound. I can not tell you what the 120 signifies, mainly due to the fact that each lab has it's own reference range for every test done. However I can say this falls in the normal range for the lab I use here in my office. The ordering doctor will be able to give you the exact reason why the test was ordered, the reference range of the amylase, and what your son's level means. Just based on your post and no other info. Given it sounds like your son is probably just fine, and no major problems were detected.

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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Amylase elevated -250. Lipase is normal. What causes this?? Should I be concerned?

Any symptoms?: Why were these tests ordered? There are many causes of elevated amylase and it would require in person evaluation to ascertain the cause. You may consult this site for information on this topic: https://medlineplus. Gov/ency/article/003464.htm For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex.

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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What to do if I have a high amylase level and they can't give me any answers to why I do?

Macroamylasemia: One percent of folks have an antibody tagging their amylase which prevents it from being lost in the urine like other folks. If you feel well, and your amylase always runs quite high, just assume this is you. As a lab specialist, I'm always reminding folks to focus on how they feel and whether they have physical findings, and ignore the arcana of lab testing. Glad you're curious though. Cheers.

Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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Lipase is normal amylase is 15 points higher. Should I be concerned? What do each mean? I'm worried.

Lipase is normal amylase is 15 points higher. Should I be concerned? What do each mean? I'm worried.

Pancreatic Enzymes: Amylase and lipase are enzymes produced by the Pancreas which lies in the upper middle part of abdomen.These enzymes are used in digestion. Amylase converts carbohydrates to glucose and lipase converts lipids to fatty acid. They can get elevated when pancreas is inflamed due to any cause. Your Amylasd is slightly elevated and your doctor must suspected Pancreatitis. Discuss with your doctor about it

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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In a blood amylase levels test normal range being considered 25 - 115UI/L a result of 115 suggests anything? What would be a significant high value?

Stop worrying: Reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthy folks fall outside on either end. I'm sorry nobody told you this. Acute pancreatitis can feature values of many thousands. There are other causes ranging from the enzyme being tagged with an antibody to mumps to a shot of an opiate.

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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Any foods that contain excess amounts of amylase?

Any foods that contain excess amounts of amylase?

Not naturally: Yeast and some cereals contain amylase but in high enough amounts to be useful. Industry adds amylase to baked good, cake mixes, beer and other alcoholic beverages, fruit juices etc.