Zyrtec and liver enzymes

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He told me to stop taking the zyrtec and ordered liver function tests. Well, tests came back with high enzymes and bilirubin and he told me to stop taking ALL medications. Ordered an ultrasound which he said was negative, and ordered the blood work again. He seems to think it's liver damage due to drug toxicity. Problem is, he doesn't seem to be able to tell me what I should be doing, other than not taking my meds, to get healthy again.
Thyroid hormones/antibodies are within range (other than 1 slightly elevated free T4), but right lobe of thyroid gland was found to be enlarged on ultrasound (endocrinologist does not believe that to be the cause). Liver enzymes originally checked in December and found to be on high end of normal. Retested in March '10 and found to be slightly elevated. Retested again in April '10 and found to be increasing slowly.
Another blood test was also administered and the liver enzymes were still high and hepetitis was ruled out. I maybe take Tylenol once a month, have one margarita a month (if that) and except for the Zyrtec D the doctor suggested for my allergies, birth control, and some vitamins I don't take any other medications. I am now scheduled to see a GI specialist.
I have also been taking milk thistle, a multi with iron and folic acid, calcium, krill oil, zyrtec and prilosec. I was not good about the supplements and vitamins before all this started, but I've been religious about them since. My main question is this: I went yesterday to have the blood re checked and she was only checking ALP and then added acid phosphatase. When I try to google the later I only get results that talk about prostate cancer.
My primary care physician says my rash may be allergic reaction to something within the ducolax, or some toxicity being released by germs from the virus as they die. Either way he gave me zyrtec (sp?) and instructed me to take benedryl at night if needed. We did another blood draw to see where my levels were on my liver. Prescription: Easy-does-it, bland diet. Watch for worsening conditions.
Occasionally I have gone in for my yearly physical and been told that my liver enzymes were elevated. The first time was in March of 2001. Ast and alt were both up just a tad. Doc at the time told me to have them rechecked in 30 days. I did and they were normal. He said it must have been a virus. Been normal since then till Nov. 2010. Same thing. Went in for my yearly physical. Had elevated AST and ALT. This doc told me to come back and retest in two weeks.
He said to use another steroid (grade 4 middle strength) called Traimcinolone topical ointment and rinse twice a day with epson salts to remove the peeling skin and then put vaseline on the legs at night.I am also taking two antihistamines cyproheptadine (at night) and zyrtec (daytime) . I also decided to get an ultrasound to see if I have the LDS to rule it out since there are conflicting diagnoses.
have you ever had your liver enzymes checked? this can sometimes be a symptom of liver issue.
I don't know if it's related but I have been getting chronic sinus infections, lots of stomach problems (go in for an endoscopy tomorrow), and my liver enzymes were high in August. I had my thyroid tested in August and my doc said it was normal, but unfortunately i didn't think to get my results.
Trish Dear Trish, Many infections whether or not they affect the liver tissue itself, may cause a non-specific elevation of the liver enzymes called transaminases (SGOT and SGPT). Medications such as certain antibiotics and a whole list of drugs may also cause liver function test abnormalities.
Trish Dear Trish, Many infections whether or not they affect the liver tissue itself, may cause a non-specific elevation of the liver enzymes called transaminases (SGOT and SGPT). Medications such as certain antibiotics and a whole list of drugs may also cause liver function test abnormalities.
It's diagnosed by blood tests which show elevated levels of bile and certain liver enzymes. If it's only happening where you lay against something though, or when you're covered up, I would suspect it's less ICP or PUPPP and something more to do with a reaction your having to what you're laying on. Especially if it happens when you're not taking the medicine. Have you changed anything in your bed, such as detergents, a new kind of bedding or anything?
The dizziness resembled being carsick, with lightheadedness and occasional moments of nausea and feeling faint (but I never passed out). I had a CAT scan and blood work twice, and so far no diagnosis for the dizziness/fatigue. It got better for a few weeks but last week I began to have dizzy spells again, this time accompanied by maxillary sinus pressure. I had just switched allergy medications, from Nasonex to generic Flonase, right at the time my symptoms returned.
Someone on here told me that I should take an antihistamine such a levocetrizine or cetrizine. I took 1 Zyrtec and I felt fine for a couple of hours but my arms eventually swelled up and started to itch again. I'm not sure if it just didn't work or I didn't take enough because the pill was only 10mg. I drank enough to become intoxicated but the reaction this time was not as bad as before.
Such intense itching at the arch of the feet and palms of hands can also be a sign of acutely raised liver enzymes. I have experienced this twice. The first time the acutely raised liver enzymes was due to me not tolerating the estrogen in birth control pills. The second time it was accompanied by nausea, and I immediately recognized the intense itching signs.
(Advil, Nuprin, Motrin, Excedrin IB etc) Ketoprofen (Orudis KT) Kidney infection (Kidney disease, diabetes) Liver Disease Naproxen (Aleve) Promethazine (Phenergan, Promethegan) Riboflavin (B2, Hempseed Oil) Amphetamines - Substances or Conditions which can cause false positives Ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, propylephedrine, phenylephrine, or desoxyephedrine (Nyquil, Contact, Sudafed, Allerest, Tavist-D, Dimetapp, etc) Phenegan-D, Robitussin Cold and Flu, Vicks Nyquil Over-the-counter diet aids w
With prolonged use at high doses, steroids cause liver enlargement/increased liver enzymes, weakened muscles and ligaments, infections of the skin and bladder, thinning of the skin and hair loss. Animals that are treated with long-term steroids should have regular physical examinations and labwork to monitor for side effects, and other options to treat their allergies and to reduce their dependence on steroids should be tried.
I have tested positive for chronic, active Hepatitis C (liver enzymes levels are relatively low, infact, almost normal) and have wondered if there isn't some connection. I received a blood transfusion after the birth mentioned above and my doctor believes that's where I contacted the Hep C. The one thing that "dmike" doesn't mention is whether or not he has any visible signs that accompany the itch (rash, hives).
Hey I had a bone marrow transplant two years ago and, on my doctor just told me that he will put me on steroids because my liver enzymes have been elevated and I just didn't take it very well. I am scared and I know there is nothing I can do to prevent stupid GVHD. I am so scared to start taking these drugs. Please help !!
It’s important to realize that whatever comes up from your stomach includes not only acid, but also bile, digestive enzymes, and bacteria. Even microscopic amounts will cause irritation to your delicate voice box, giving you a scratchy throat, cough or hoarseness. This is why these symptoms are most obvious when you first wake up in the morning. It’s also been shown that these same stomach juices can then travel down into the lungs or up into the ears of the sinuses.
Nights prior to this I was waking up in the middle of the night with my fingers asleep (pinky and ring fingers on both hands). I would change postitions and go back to sleep. We flipped the mattress thinking it may be that. The next day I woke up and the buzzing is in my legs as well as my R cheek. I took a Cyclobenzaper at bedtime and it helped me get to sleep. I start to notice my legs twitcing, not the whole leg but isolated spots in my legs/certain muscles.
I have been to about 30 doctors- including ENT's allergists, neurologists, chiropracters, opthamologists. psychologists, dentists and everything else u can think of. All CT scans, MRI of brain and blood work keep coming back clean and ok. Nothing I try seems to work. There was a period of time about 3 and a half years ago that the symptoms lifted for about 4 months and then it returned full force.
This past week I was being cleared for a d/c and my primary care md told me my liver is enlarged, I have no pain or tenderness, good appetite, and on top of all my liver enzymes are normal now. I am scheduled for an ultrasound, should I be worried? I have no idea what to think, and I will admit I am one of those that jumps to conclusions so my mind is already throwing around the c word, please help.
Update: Still haven't gotten the HIV test back yet, but he spoke with a nurse about the rest of his labs & was told that he had elevated liver enzymes & protein in his urine. I pretty sure these symptoms aren't indicative of HIV, so my worries about that have calmed down quite a bit. He can't get in to see the doctor for another 4 days, so the doc hasn't discussed anything with him.
You need to get seen, and soon, while you still have time for this, and enough liver left to tolerate treatment.... and for gosh sakes if you need help to stop drinking, do that.... as the drinking will lower your chances of successfully treating from good....... to slim to none.take care!!!
thanks to everyone, i just wanted to say that this rash isnt constant and comes on and off. well, i had noticed i forgot to take my zyrtec for two nites and this happened. I went back to taking the zyrtec and i have had no symptoms. obviously something is happening inside but it is controlled by an antihistamine. Does this narrow my search for what could be wrong???
My doctor chose not to perform a liver biopsy because he feels that if this is something I have had for 25-30 years with no side effects (found I was HCV+ when I started a new job that requires full blood test and my liver enzymes were high the first two years in a row) and I was electing to go through tx right away, the tx would naturally change the condition of my liver so why not wait until after the treatment to determine my liver condition.
What I really meant to say is that my doctor couldn't explain to me what is the relationship between high viral load and elevated liver enzymes. After years of having this disease and looking for all the world like I would be asymptomatic and healthy indefinitely, my enzymes went up. In the absence of an explanation, this is what I think: I attribute it to a medication I was taking called Fosomax, for osteoporosis.
I can't really take Benadryl, as I'm already taking an antihistamine daily (Zyrtec). Mixing them is probably a bit much for the liver. Oh well, I can't complain. If I'm UND next week, with what few and mild side effects I've had, it'll be worth it. My hemoglobin is pretty much stabilized at 14, and my WBC counts are almost at the low end of the normal range, having bounced back up significantly a few weeks ago on their own. So there are many things to be thankful for.
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