Top 20 Doctor insights on: Doxycycline liver damage
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Doxycycline has been associated with rare instances of hepatic injury, the cause of the idiosyncratic liver injury associated with Doxycycline is unknown, but several features (short latency, recurrence with re-exposure) suggest an immunoallergic etiology.
Stay away from it if you can. ...Read more
This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more
Yes indeed: Some people are sensitive to this stuff and get elevated liver enzymes from it. It's easy to find out -- your physician can recheck you after two weeks off the stuff. The tetracycline family of meds are great, especially for acne, and are life-savers in rickettsial disease, but there are other good substitutes for long-term if one's made you sick. ...Read more
Can "Himalaya's Liv52" be used while on Doxycycline hydrochloride (100mg) to reduce hepatotoxic effects and help support/maintain liver health?
Himalaya's Liv52: There is no FDA approved testing that shows this item does anything for liver health or is safe for use under any condition. Thus, there is no US literature that provides adequate assurances of safety while taking with doxycycline. There is a body of literature from India and Europe that is focused on Liv52. ...Read more
Can doxycycline 200mg increase liver enzymes or cause them to be high (ast&alt) or is it unlikely?
Yes: Yes, Doxycycline can indeed raise live enzymes, as can many safe drugs. The question really is, how much are they elevated and how quickly do the come down after stopping it. It would also be nice to know what your liver enzymes were prior to being on the doxy, if the baseline is available. ...Read more
Had RMSF for 6 weeks before doxycycline treatment last year. Could elevated liver enzymes one year later be related?
No: Usually, RMSF symptoms will show themselves early in the disease, not a year later. Not Doxy either. ...Read more
Multiple causes: There are many causes of liver damage. Excess alcohol use is a major cause. Hepatitis and abnormal iron storage can also be the reason. Fat storage in the liver may be a problem if it becomes extensive. Autoimmune diseaes is also a possibility. If you have abnormal liver tests or suspect a problem, you should discuss the situation with your doctor now. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends but yes: What is the cause of the liver damage (virus, immune system, toxins, drugs)? Is the damage ongoing (alcohol, etc.)? In most cases, the liver has an amazing capacity to repair itself and reverse scar tissue that has formed. A person can donate half their liver to another person and they will both usually be ok. Treat your liver well and it will treat you well. ...Read more
Labs / Biopsy: Biopsy is the gold standard to evaluate liver damage. This test is not done on everyone. Liver function tests can let a doctor know if there is ongoing inflammation of the liver. There are different tests like Fibrospect that is a less invasive than a liver biopsy that can help. All of this has to be put in context with your medical conditions/ history, etc. And discussed with your doctor. ...Read more
It depends: It all depends on the cause of the liver damage and how much was "damaged". This might be able to be determined by seeing a liver specialist. ...Read more
Considerable: Kidney stones can cause significant pain as they either block (obstruct) the urine flow and cause pressure to build up, or simply by moving down the ureter (they are often very sharp). On the other hand, "liver damage" (and I don't know what you mean by that) should not cause any pain. Gallstones might cause pain in your right upper quadrant but this is not liver damage. ...Read more
Cirrhosis: If you have cirrhosis, the answer is yes. ...Read more
Pain: Pain is pain; intensity is a personal subjective issue. ...Read more