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Alpha Amylase Uses
Sore throat, no energy.. I am taking clarithromycin & ibuprofen ( doctor prescrebtion) can i add alpha-amylase for my sore throat? (Maxilase)
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. ...Read more
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 ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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, . ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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