How to keep ammonia levels down

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Avatar f tn How to keep ammonia levels down? Or how to lower them? Anyone know? Thanks in advance.
Avatar m tn My husband has cirrhosis and we have been told that the latest studies indicate people with cirrhosis actually really need the protein but they just have to keep their ammonia levels down by regularly taking enough lactulose. The amount varies per person by how many loose stools it causes...that is generally how it is dosed but you should get that information from your Dr. Some Dr's are so much more up to date than others.
Avatar n tn UID=%7B941B2BBF-610E-4CF8-A58F-169D2D8B2301%7D This site has a table about 1/2 way down that indicates what normal ammonia levels are at various ages. A little bit further down the article explains that ammonia levels do not necessarily correlate with the symptoms of encepalophy. I hope this helps.
1184842 tn?1264268787 I take anywhere between 8 to 16 shots of Lactulose a day, to control my ammonia levels to keep them at a level that will keep me out of the hospital. I can't stand the taste or the texture, there are times that I will start crying just at the thought of taking it, but I know I need it to live. As someone mentioned earlier, I would eat dirt to live. God bless you, Tigermama, there are people out here who are suffering just as much as you are, if not more.
30678 tn?1217992847 this will give you the 3 bowel movements a day needed to keep ammonia levels down, and at the same time help your liver to not form s much scar tissue. You can order it nline at vitacost or life extention. this anti fibrotic is recommended by our forums doctor...(HR) and it works so well I no longer need to take lactulose...which causes far more gas.
1654058 tn?1407162666 Digested blood represents a large protein load in the gut which can lead to higher levels of ammonia and other toxins and, not surprisingly, hepatic encephalopathy is frequent in this setting." ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- No variceal bleeding or banding. Nadolol is taken a a prophylaxis.
Avatar f tn -Confusion -Fatigue -Loss of appetite -Nausea with or without vomiting -Pain in the back, sides or abdomen -Weakness (loss of strength)
Avatar n tn You stay strong and try to get the health care workers to help you figure out what is going to happen and how you are to deal with it all. Please, see if you can get some help dealing with this. The ammonia causes a form of dementia and that is very hard on you, especially dealing with it alone. Find others who have gone through this, contact your local Hospice and tell them your story.
5611452 tn?1370974704 But then again some people nay have lower levels w a lot of symptoms or higher levels w fewer symptoms. Either way, it is essential to manage your ammonia levels because you may not cognitvely be aware of when your ammonia levels might cause enough HE to create dangerous situations, i.e. mixing up meds, causing an accident, leaving a burner on, forgetting where you're going, etc.
Avatar n tn 4 days later we are back to not being able to walk or think. We don't know who to take her to or what should be done. Once her levels go down then what? We are at a loss. Is the treatment for the rest of her life is to have 3 BM's a day and all will be fine? I've read several things on the net and am worried about a bleed and who knows what. Mom just seems to sleep and have the runs which concerns me for dehydration.
Avatar m tn Are you listed for a transplant? As far as hepatic encephalopathy (HE), how do you feel? 286? Wow, that is high. Ammonia levels don't necessarily correlate with HE. What does your hepatologist say about your ammonia level? Xifaxin 550 twice a day, correct? Does the lactulose help? Do you have 3-4 bowel movements a day. Or are you constipated? Do you have other health issues that could be affecting your ammonia levels? Ammonia is produced when proteins are broken down in the intestines.
14315163 tn?1433901017 Instead of the NH3 quickly coming down like usual, it took a long time to come down. He would be unresponsive to weakly responsive to incoherent to combative. They sedated and restrained him; they said we wouldn't know if he comes out of it until he does. When the NH3 did come down to levels he was fine (i.e. a little shaky and forgetful) at before, he did not wake up right away. He was in ICU for a week and on observation 2 days or so.
Avatar n tn my husbands amonia level was at 111 last week, our dr prescribed the lactulose as well 3 times a day to try to reduce these levels, he gets a blood test reran next week to see if the levels are going down. he sleeps a whole lot, can get confused sometimes, but his is having some really wiered personality changes, hell act like a twelve year old sometimes.
Avatar f tn Only transplant center doctors know how to determine these issues and manage them. Also ammonia levels do not equate exactly to the amount of encephalopathy. So the actual number don't matter. It is the symptoms that tell how servere encephalopathy is not blood levels per se. So the bottom line is only with adequate and appropriate care from doctors who work with patients with end-stage liver disease can his encephalopathy be managed to the best degree possible. "he just sleeps a lot.
Avatar m tn They put a shunt in his liver to stop the bleeding. So far that has helped to stop the bleeding and his ammonia level went down to 48. He is still unconscious, though, and on a respirator. He also has MRSA and is running a fever. They have him in isolation. They act like he may recover from this, but it looks pretty bad to me...... To make matters worse for me, my husband has cirrhosis too. He has seemed worse off than my brother, until this just happened with my brother last week.
Avatar f tn Kalio gave a good description of why they'd want to look at your ammonia level. Its the responsible thing to do in a good assessment. It doesn't mean its high or that you've progressed to that level, they're just trying to see. Philly, sorry to hear you've been having such a rough time. It must be very difficult. My thoughts are with you and your family.
1391441 tn?1333851561 He presently takes Lactulose, but has been hospitalized in the past to help with the high ammonia levels. A low protein diet sometimes helps with ammonia levels, but not always. The only thing that has recently helped my brother with symptoms is the "Alzheimer's patch." I won't mention the name of the medication or the pharmaceutical company, and no--I'm not a rep for the company. It is being used off-label by my brother's doctor and his quality of life has improved dramatically.
11791163 tn?1421120301 Perhaps if you can get him to see a Dr and have an evaluation to see how bad his liver is he may consider stopping. For me when they told me if I drink again I would die only then was it a wake up call. Your husband is displaying similar abnormalities regarding his health and needs an honest assessment. I wish there were something more that could be said, but he is the one that has to decide the party's over.
Avatar n tn It took me a little over two months of strict eating to bring it back down to normal levels. Luckily I haven't had to go on meds for it (yet). After I started tx I haven't been eating as strict as I should. My first A1C was very good. But I'm due for another this Fri and I'm a little scared it's going to be higher. My liver dr said to keep a close eye on it cause the TX can cause sugar levels to raise.
2203249 tn?1338994046 It takes a lot of independent reading to remain actively involved in a partner's treatment. I would read the links people provide and keep a copy of his labs. Sometimes just knowing how to explain or understand a lab result will save you time from researching symptoms.
Avatar f tn Transplant is the only treatment that can keep a person alive before their liver fails to be able to function enough to keep a person alive. You father has End-Stage Liver Disease (ESLD) which the the final phase of liver disease. Since his liver is failing it effects many of his other body systems as well so it is a very complicated process that entails many variables. Plus each person is unique in how the disease progresses during its final stages. As you say, "unpredictable".
Avatar n tn Something else to consider...The confusion you describe may be more than increasing ammonia levels from cirrhosis (brain fog)...You didn't say his age but, if he has been an alcoholic for 15+ years ( I know you said he was a "social drinker"...My personal definition of a social drinker is someone who has an occasional glass of wine or a beer during the week and doesn't drink to impairment..More than that, and I'd be questioning an alcoholic drinking habit...
Avatar f tn What would cause a neutered male to start spraying? How do I break him of it? I think I'll take him to the vet for a check up and urinalysis. How do you get a urine sample from a cat anyhow?
4043517 tn?1374010173 First get my bowels working and my ammonia down. I'm out for a few weeks right before Xmas, that figures.
5901196 tn?1395547509 I'm reading new posts and re-reading older one's. Writing down questions I need to ask, using the wording to explain how I feel, since it was so hard for me to explain before and picking up things I missed during the first read. I'm trying to learn and to be as well informed as I can at this time. THANKS TO ALL OF YOU I AM LEARNING! I thought all of the treatments were the triple one's. When I was seeing my Dr. this past winter he tried to get me on a triple tx.
Avatar n tn Nearly all cardiologists quiver in their boots when it comes to stenting high levels of disease. It took me 2 years to find someone to re-open my LAD and it took 5 long stents. I found the best solution was to approach a training/research hospital because this is where all the experts and best equipment are. The man who did my LAD was the person who installed the very first stent in the UK and was the first to use a balloon here.
Avatar n tn I'd like to know if you might know about Ammonia Levels in liver cirrhosis patients. I have been doing some of my own research on this and have possibly come up with some help. I do see a GI doctor who says he's a liver specialist but I think he could help me more. I ask questions and don't get results or any positive answers. However this is what I've come up with as far as my paticular situation with getting admitted to the hospital 31 times since May 2007 with high levels of ammonia.
Avatar f tn Ammonia levels in the blood usually rises when the liver is not able to convert ammonia to urea which can be due to cirrhosis or severe hepatitis. If your liver enzymes and CT scan were both normal, further evaluation may need to be done. Check with your doctor for proper management. Take care and do keep us posted.
Avatar f tn We all come to this with our own personalities and life's baggage. We use whatever we can to keep hoping and surviving day by day. This is our fate right now. With the gift of life we can life again. Get a second chance at life. Now the this disease has shown us the death we all face. How many people get a chance to do it over again? Not many. In that way we are very lucky. We have to pay for it with a lot of suffering but everyday we live after transplant is a day we wouldn't have had.
Avatar n tn if I were really sick, I should be whinin and crying and curled up in a ball in bed 24/7.. They don't understand how I keep going, keep trying, keep smiling thru all the @#*^ I have been thru.. but I see 2 choices..keep smilin, laughin and trying.. or give up, be miserable, and DIE......NOTTTTT!!! I have my moments, (infact had one of those days yesterday!) but I rarely let them see me cry!! Put the music on LOUD and dance it out!!! take care all....and..SMILE !!