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Can long-term use of Singulair and Levocetirizine (for chronic allergies) cause side effects: liver damage, low sex drive/libido? Can't use sprays.

Can long-term use of Singulair and Levocetirizine (for chronic allergies) cause side effects: liver damage, low sex drive/libido? Can't use sprays.

Not really: But you need to keep the follow up with your doctor, both drugs aren't known for the side effects you noted, Singular may cause liver problems, but not related to long term use rather due to a reaction by some patients even after few doses, rare. If you have chronic allergies, you need an allergist evaluation with regular follow up as you may need different approach, check aaaai. Org for an allergist ...Read more

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Liver (Definition)

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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How about the side effects of the TB cat I drugs? Are they remote? I'm just worried about liver damage and stuff. Thanks

How about the side effects of the TB cat I drugs? Are they remote? I'm just worried about liver damage and stuff. Thanks

Depends: Each drug has a different profile. Inh or isoniazide can occasionally cause liver problems, but these aren't severe and won't cause damage if you are followed closely and the drugs are stopped if any sign of liver irritation develops. ...Read more

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I have been given prescription to take metformin, are there any side effects to liver damage? Also is there a natural alternative to met?

I have been given prescription to take metformin, are there any side effects to liver damage? Also is there a natural alternative to met?

Metformin - side eff: Make no mistake, diet and exercise go a long way in control of diabetes. As an alternative to metformin, you may strive to shed few pounds, if you are overweight. You will be amazed to see what a difference it makes. ...Read more

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With regards to valerian and kava kava, which both theoretically cause liver damage. Are there any supplements that aren't harmful to the liver?

With regards to valerian and kava kava, which both theoretically cause liver damage. Are there any supplements that aren't harmful to the liver?

Why take them?: Valerian and kava kava are quite ineffective for sleep. Why would you take anything that causes little good and can cause harm? ...Read more

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Could you suggest good herbal supplements that help with anxiety, but don't cause potential liver damage?

Could you suggest good herbal supplements that help with anxiety, but don't cause potential liver damage?

Yes, possibly: Chamomile, passion flower, lemon balm, and theanine are a few that come to mind. Valerian and kava may be the ones you were thinking of with possible liver toxicity. In some people, st. John's wort might be useful -- even though it's more famous for use in mild-moderate depression. It's important for you to know that there are also very effective talk therapies for anxiety. ...Read more

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Passion flower, valerian root or kava which is best for anxiety with less side effects?

Passion flower, valerian root or kava which is best for anxiety with less side effects?

No single best: Just like there is no best single drug for anxiety, there is no single best herb. We are all unique biochemically and a drug or herb that might work great for one person may not help another at all. Of the 3 you mention kava causes the most side effects. You can try passion flower ; valerian to see which works better for you, but holy basil (tulsi), rhodiola and l-theanine are also worth trying. ...Read more

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I have trouble sleeping and I was considering taking Valerian root? Is there a downside to doing so? Are there any side effects?

I have trouble sleeping and I was considering taking Valerian root? Is there a downside to doing so? Are there any side effects?

Valerian: Hi, the side effects include headache, irritability and sluggishness in the morning for some people, have you tried sleep hygiene, like: No TV in bedroom, no book in the bed, use bedroom just for sex and sleep, leave the bed if you don't fall asleep after 15-30 min, try to watch a calming movie, reading a relaxing book, have a cup of warm milk, do not exercise late at night, etc. ...Read more

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I am thinking of taking Marley's Mellow Mood. It has Valerian root in it. Is this safe? I hear conflicting things about valerian root and liver/kidney

I am thinking of taking Marley's Mellow Mood. It has Valerian root in it. Is this safe? I hear conflicting things about valerian root and liver/kidney

Not enough data...: Check out http://www. Webmd. Com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-870-valerian. Aspx? Activeingredientid=870, http://ods. Od.nih. Gov/factsheets/Valerian-HealthProfessional/ & http://umm. Edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/valerian. Beware that dietary supplements have no 3rd part oversight unlike OTC & prescription medications. Quality varies greatly. Be sure to mention your supplements to your familydoc ...Read more

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What's worse for your liver - alcohol, ativan (lorazepam) or valerian root?

What's worse for your liver - alcohol, ativan (lorazepam) or valerian root?

Depends.: All the above are potentially toxic to the liver in high doses and long term use. Valerian use is generally safe in the short term and both Ativan (lorazepam) and alcohol are generally safe when taken sparingly and also for a short term. When you do take them, your doctor can monitor the effect on your liver. ...Read more

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Can you take valerian root if you have fatty liver?

Can you take valerian root if you have fatty liver?

Valerian Root: This product has been linked to significant liver injury in people with normal livers. It had also been associated with kidney injury. It is not recommended for pregnant or breast feeding women. Since you already have fatty liver, it would be prudent to avoid valerian root. Any medications should be reviewed with your physician. ...Read more

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I was on terbinafine for two weeks 250mg now I'm Having pain in my sides. Is liver damage common with only two weeks of terbinafine? I'm worried. Sometimes I would double a dose if I missed a dose but never had history of liver problems before

I was on terbinafine for two weeks 250mg now I'm Having pain in my sides. Is liver damage common with only two weeks of terbinafine? I'm worried. Sometimes I would double a dose if I missed a dose but never had history of liver problems before

See DR: Significant liver toxicity from terbinafine is rare. Your symptoms are probably something else. No harm from missed doses, no need to double dose. Why taking it? How long do you plan to continue? Do not take if you already have active hepatitis. ...Read more

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Milk thistle is used for liver-damage treatment. How could side effect be liver damage?

Milk thistle is used for liver-damage treatment. How could side effect be liver damage?

No reputable: Medical practitioner recommends milk thistle for someone with liver disease. Don't believe everything you hear. ...Read more

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Please help, how much liver damage can you withstand before you start to feel the effects?

A lot: The liver is a very resilient organ and has great regenerative properties. One can function on less than 50% of normal liver volume and still function normally. ...Read more

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Methotrexate :The most common adverse effects include: hepatotoxicity (liver damage), but could this be seen in low dose for Lupus affecting skin?

Methotrexate :The most common adverse effects include: hepatotoxicity (liver damage), but could this be seen in low dose for Lupus affecting skin?

Yes: Toxicity to liver, kidney, intestine, bone marrow, etc., is related to dosing and duration of exposure. Must not drink alcohol. Dosed once a week. Daily folic acid reduces toxicity. Various treatments exist for discoid lupus. Protect from sun. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me the symptoms of liver damage?

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Can anyone tell me the symptoms of liver damage?

Liver damage: Some are spider nevi, palmar erythema, nail changer, finger deformity from contractures, gynecomastia, osteoarthropathy, impotence/infertility/testicular atrophy, large spleen/liver, fluid in abdomen (ascites), musty odor in breath, jaundice, weakness/fatigue/wt. Loss. ...Read more

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What is the estimated life expectancy for someone with liver damage?

What is the estimated life expectancy for someone with liver damage?

Depends: The life expectancy may depend on the amount and severity of the liver damage, if any additional diseases are present, as well as the physical age and health of the person in question. ...Read more

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Does antabuse (disulfiram) cause liver damage?

Does antabuse (disulfiram) cause liver damage?

Antabuse (disulfiram) & Liver: Hepatitis can occur after weeks or months of starting Antabuse (disulfiram). Baseline liver function tests are needed before starting Antabuse (disulfiram). ...Read more

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Which vitamin level can be related to liver damage?

Which vitamin level can be related to liver damage?

Vitamin A: Is something we can OD on and can be toxic to the liver. A lot of vitamin A is found in cod liver oil. Use Marine Fish Oil instead. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What are the signs of liver damage caused by HIV medication?

What are the signs of liver damage caused by HIV medication?

LFT's: Elevated liver function tests (alt, ast and ggt). Just because medications are started that are cleared through the liver (protease inhibitors)'doesn't necessarily mean there will be dysfunction. Is important to try and minimize all meds that get cleared through the liver (statins for example if possible). Avoiding alcohol and tylenol (acetaminophen) is very important. ...Read more

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Can naltrexone cause liver damage?

Can naltrexone cause liver damage?

Yes: There is a risk of liver damage, this risk is increased with preexisting liver problems or very high doses of the med. Usually your doctor will make that assessment and monitor your liver enzymes before and while you are on it. Properly monitored the risk is low. ...Read more

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Could green tea extract cause liver damage?

An Over-dose could.: Overdose of Green Tea (usually extract) may lead to irritability, insomnia, irregular or rapid heart rate, muscle twitching, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, liver damage, trouble breathing, dizziness, fever, confusion, hallucinations, diuresis, seizures, loss of consciousness & even death. ...Read more

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Can vascular conditions cause liver damage?

Can vascular conditions cause liver damage?

Depends: If the vascular damage is in the abdomen and leads to the kidney the answer would be yes. It is individual and hard to tell for certain. ...Read more

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How many acetaminophen would cause liver damage?

How many acetaminophen would cause liver damage?

Eight plus: Most Acetaminophen pills are 500 mg. The generally accepted rule of thumb is that more than 4 grams (4000 mg) is likely to injure the liver. Thus a person should not exceed eight Acetaminophen pills per day. Less is even better. ...Read more

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Does milk thistle stop you getting liver damage?

Milk Thistle: The only way to stop damaging your liver is to remove the issue that is causing the damage.

Milk thistle is used world wide to assist the liver to recover when one stops damaging the liver. ...Read more

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Could frequent urination be related to liver damage?

Could frequent urination be related to liver damage?

Urination and liver: Patients with liver (L) disease have a low albumin (A), as the L cannot synthesize A. As a result, they have edema due to their low A. This promotes the formation of edema (E). If one is forming E, the amount of urine volume decreases and that is the cause of the E, which is fluid that is not eliminated by the urine being retained. Have the person see a physician for a more meaningful answer. ...Read more

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I am 20 and have liver damage and swollen spleen, what to do?

I am 20 and have liver damage and swollen spleen, what to do?

Find the cause: Especially if liver disease is giving you a big spleen, you need to insist that your physician give you a scientific explanation. Get educated about this -- it may be life and death for you. ...Read more

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Might a routine hep b/c test show liver damage caused by alcohol?

Might a routine hep b/c test show liver damage caused by alcohol?

Abnormal liver tests: The routine liver function tests will not distinguish between hepatitis a viral infection and damage done by alcohol. ...Read more

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Any Ayurvedic way to reverse liver damage due to old alcohol habit?

Any Ayurvedic way to reverse liver damage due to old alcohol habit?

Nothing certain: There are such claims made by folks who believe in ayurvedic medicine. They are very doubtful in thier validity. I can not say anything certain or reliable about this belief or claim. ...Read more

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Please advise! How much alcohol use does it take to cause liver damage?

Please advise! How much alcohol use does it take to cause liver damage?

Any: All alcohol use actually can damage your liver. It depends on how healthy your liver is so it can detox the alcohol. However bingeing on large quantities at a time can overwhelm your natural capacities to process and is particularly harmful. Chronic use over time does the same. ...Read more

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I am 35-years-old and tested PPD positive; could treatment cause liver damage?

I am 35-years-old and tested PPD positive; could treatment cause liver damage?

Yes: You are at the cut off age where routine treatment for latent TB is not recommended precisely because of increasing risk of medication side effects including liver damage. ...Read more

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Hi, I just took 4 Exedrin Migraine pills in at one time. Do you think I will get liver damage?

Hi, I just took 4 Exedrin Migraine pills in at one time. Do you think I will get liver damage?

No: But only take the recommended amount. If you are in that much pain, see your doctor today. Taking too much medicine can be unsafe. All the best. ...Read more

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My dad drinks almost everyday, his face is all swollen up today-- is this a sign of liver damage?

My dad drinks almost everyday, his face is all swollen up today-- is this a sign of liver damage?

Too much fluid: No, it's a sign that he has too much fluid in his body. If he quits drinking, his body will get rid of it naturally. If you are worried he may have a drinking problem, talk to somebody you feel is safe. ...Read more

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Does tudca (tauroursodeoxycholic acid) work at lowering liver enzymes and reversing 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

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Does 300mg temazepam causes liver damage in a healthy individual that drinks alcohol very moderately?

Does 300mg temazepam causes liver damage in a healthy individual that drinks alcohol very moderately?

Unlikely: This is ten times the recommended dose and very ill advised. The risk of liver abnormalities at this level, however, is low. Any liver abnormalities would be more likely due to the moderate drinking than to a single overdose of temazepam. Fortunately this dose is not anywhere near the amount necessary to cause death, but when mixed with alcohol the amount needed to cause death can change hugely. ...Read more

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How likely isit to have minor to moderate liver damage and bloods tests LFTS being all normal? Thanks

How likely isit to have minor to moderate liver damage and bloods tests LFTS being all normal? Thanks

Very likely: Interestingly and unfortunately, it takes a fairly large amount of liver damage to set off LFT's, so your scenario usually results in normal LFT's ...Read more

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