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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
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Mirtazapine-elevated liver enzymes. Does drug induced elevated liver enzymes mean permanent liver damage?
TUDCA: Tauroursodeoxycholic acid is an ambiphilic bile acid, the taurine conjugate of ursodeoxycholic acid . Humans have trace amounts of tudca. Bears contain large amounts of tudca in their bile; tudca has been used in ancient asian pharmacopoeias for its supposed beneficial effects. Udca is produced in several countries for the treatment of gallstones and liver cirrhosis. It is not approved by the fda. ...Read more
I have elevated liver enzyme ast(sgot)412 ALT (sgpt) 317 GGT 186 dilation of the common bile duct 1 CM no gallbladder?
Liver issue: Enzymes ast and alt are inside liver cells. When liver is injured by disease or medication, enzymes leak out, resulting in elevation. Can be due to many reasons, including medications like statins. An elevated GGT suggest biliary problems, but is not that specific. The normal common bile duct measures less than 0.8 cm, but after the gb is removed, can be 1cm. Complete history needed for this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
They may: It is not unusual for patients to have slight elevations in their liver enzymes with gall stones. This is probably caused by sub clinical inflammation in the gall bladder. Significant elevations are seen in acute cholecystitis and elevation of the bilirubin can be due due common duct stones with obstruction. ...Read more
Gastritis: Yes Nexium (esomeprazole) is a proton pump inhibitor designed to reduce acid production in stomach and facilitate healing of gastritis and ulcers. May want to be checked for h. Pylori, a bacteria associated with gastritis, ulcers and other stomach related issues. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bile reflux-acid reflux, being treated for acid reflux 40mg Pepcid (famotidine) and 40mg pantaprozole each 2/aday. But symtoms of bile reflux..Wrong meds?
Bile or acid reflux?: If you have acid reflux disease and are having symptoms despite high dose acid-reducers and acid-blockers, then either your reflux is more severe and other treatment options should be considered, or the reflux is not acid-related but possibly gall bladder/liver related. ...Read more
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How far apart to safely take Prednisone, Aspirin, Plavix, Metoprolol, Pepcid (famotidine) in AM? And Prednisone, Pepcid (famotidine), Metoprolol in PM?
Combination of meds: pepcid (famotidine) blocks the acid receptors in the stomach and may interfere with the breakdown and therefore absorption of some of the medication you have mentioned...i would suggest taking the pepcid (famotidine) a few hours after your other medications but i know may patients who safely take all of these medications together ...Read more
Xanax (alprazolam) & liver labs: While it is not common Xanax (alprazolam) can cause hepatotoxicity. If labs were normal before & now elevated liver enzymes are present I suggest you work with your prescriber to gradually taper and d/c eventually. There are many other options but first talk to your prescriber. ...Read more
Discuss w/ your Dr: There are many different medications for depression and that dose may be low for one and high for another. I know that ALL can harm livers and 5% of liver disease is attributed to them. That's not saying it will happen, but it's a serious concern. Consider non-drug CBT Tx as a way to minimize or avoid drugs - they are best to think of as short-term support while learning life skills. Best! ...Read more
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