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What does it mean for something to be hepatotoxic?

What does it mean for something to be hepatotoxic?

Encephalopathy: It means that due to extensive liver damage, the organ can no longer clear toxins and by products of diet and other substances out of your body. As these substance accumulate, particularly ammonia, the patient becomes encephalopathic, which means the brain becomes affected by these substances. Other organs also ten to malfunction with time. ...Read more

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What kind of drugs and herbs cause hepatotoxicity?

What kind of drugs and herbs cause hepatotoxicity?

A multitude: Difficult to answer because so many substances are either activated or eliminated by liver & in high enough doses (eg.Acetaminophen) can overwhelm liver's ability to cope. Partial list of herbs:pyrrolizidine alkaloids, mistletoe, certain wild mushrooms, kava kava, hydroxycut, germander, carmellia sinensis, pennyroyal, atractylis gummifera, chaparral, greater sellandine, jin bu huan. Total list: long! ...Read more

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How can orlistat cause hepatotoxicity?

How can orlistat cause hepatotoxicity?

Coincidence likely: There are reported liver toxiicty and in the test tube its toxic to liver cells. if true; Sure is rare. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orlistat#Side_effects http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=%28%231%20AND%20%232%29 ON THE OTHER HAND. Fat in liver occurs with a significant amt of fat in 1/5 fat people. Gallstones, alcohol intake and other liver injurious things also associate with obesity. ...Read more

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Which is worse -- hepatotoxicity vs liver failure?

Semantics: Hepatotoxicity is exposure of the liver to something that makes it sick. This may be acute, subacute, or chronic. Liver failure, similarly may be acute, chronic and compensated, or chronic and decompensated. A failing liver implies significant loss of liver function. Both scenarios should be avoided. In either case, stay away from alcohol, and ask your doctor for lifestyle, diet, rx advice. ...Read more

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I'm taking effexor (venlafaxine) 150mg and Lamictal 200mg. I'm worried about my low energy. Can these drugs cause hepatotoxicity and which are the symptoms?

I'm taking effexor (venlafaxine) 150mg and Lamictal 200mg. I'm worried about my low energy.  Can these drugs cause hepatotoxicity and which are the symptoms?

Talk to your doctor : This is a good combination of medication. These meds are usually well-tolerated. Talk to your doctor about the risks, benefits and side effects of your treatment. If needed, your doctor can order tests to monitor your liver. We look for a yellow coloration to the white part of the eye or yellowing of the skin (jaundice) which suggests liver injury or disease. Talk to your doctor. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between hepatoxicity and liver failure?

Information: Hepato toxicity is what happens to the liver in respons to a toxic substance. It is an acute process. An example is acute alcohol intoxication., or adverse drug reaction.Liver failure can be the end result of a toxic event. Tixic events often are reversible. Liver failure often ins not reversible, and can be acute or chronic. ...Read more

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What is does it mean for something to be an allergen?

What is does it mean for something to be an allergen?

Triggers allergies: An allergen is any substance, usually a protein but occasionally a carbohydrate, drug or metal, that upon entering the body is perceived by the immune system as being foreign. If the immune reaction results in immediate hypersensitivity like asthma or anaphylaxis or contact dermatitis like poison ivy or poison oak then that foreign substance has acted like an allergen. ...Read more

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I pea a lot dose that mean something?

I pea a lot dose that mean something?

Not neccessarily: Urinating alot without other symptoms is usually not anything to worry about. Certain conditions must be evaluated for such as diabetes or infection if the change in urination is new. If there has been no changes with urination, then observation is likely okay. If there are risk factors for a problem such as older age, kidney stones, etc. Then an initial basic screening should be perfomred. ...Read more

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What does boil mean? Can it indicate something bad?

What does boil mean? Can it indicate something bad?

Skin infection: This is a collection of purulent infected material under the skin which os roasted hot painful. It may respond to warm compresses, bit large boils need to be drained and packed. ...Read more

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