Pancreatitis and statins

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Avatar n tn Treatment of the hyperlipidemia initially consists of diet and lipid-lowering agents such as statins, fibrates, bile acid–binding resins, probucol, or nicotinic acid. The lipid-lowering effects of these agents have been well documented, but few studies mention the efficacy of these drugs for resolving xanthomas.
Avatar f tn One of the most common causes of elevated liver enzymes is medications. Over-the-counter meds like Tylenol and NSAIDs like Ibuprofen and Naproxen Sodium can also cause elevated liver enzymes. Statins taken for cholesterol often cause elevated liver enzymes and also some common antibiotics. Exposure to certain toxins in the home or workplace can be the cause also. Here's an article that lists some medications that can result in elevated liver enzymes: http://www.medicinenet.
Avatar f tn Just wanted to add that of this long list, the most common causes of elevated liver enzymes would be the drugs (Rx or OTC) and cholecystitis/pancreatitis. However, there is usually pain, nausea and fever associated with those, so you would know something was wrong. If your liver scan looks good, try not to worry too much. It sounds like your doctor is on top of this and will definitely follow up with you on it.
Avatar n tn I never tried the Ornish diet, but I eat very healthy, exercise (walk real fast 3 miles every day in all kind of weather) am not overweighed etc. I think if Cholesterol is from eating the wrong food it can be lowered with certain diets as in the Ornish diet, but if Cholesterol is inherited (the whole family high cholesterol) or if people are under a lot of stress at times and certain meds i.e. Lasix can raise peoples Cholesterol.
Avatar n tn Thanks for giving me another possiblilty besides ALS. I read that statins can cause some problems. I tried to take 3 different ones and finally told the doctor-no more. He sent me a registered letter firing me as his pt. I wonder if many people with als have tried statins with or without success.Does myositis cause muscle twitching. Does ALS cause muscle burning?
Avatar f tn I am 30 years old and have been on statins since I was 7 to try and control the elevated LDL and triglycerides in my blood - which so far cannot be managed by diet and exercise alone. My mother had her first heart attack before she was 30 and had angioplasty when she was 45, my uncle passed away at 33 from a massive heart attack and my aunt had a 7 artery bypass when she was 40. Metabolic syndrome also seems to go hand in hand with this disorder and most of the people in my family have it.
Avatar n tn I think everything is over and I clean up. I walk out of the toilet and in about 2 minutes time the stomach cramp and the fainting sensation comes back (I've fainted only once to date from this and was out for about 15-20 minutes). 6. When I get back to the toilet I have a really violent Diarrhoea episode in pure liquid state.
Avatar f tn I also take Statins for high cholesterol which don't agree with me. Have tried to 2 so far and am on my 3rd and I've started to get the same symptoms with this one now which start with breathlessness and then go on to virtual seizure - every bone and muscle in my body aches and hurts making it difficult to even move. I also suffer with a lot of excess stomach acid but I think I've linked this to the stress as its not been so bad since taking the anti-d's and calming down a bit.
568322 tn?1370169040 When the Hepatitis C virus gets into your body, it tries to increase your metabolism so that it can reproduce more quickly by using fatty acids to build protective outer coatings which will help it penetrate and infect your liver cells. And one of the ways to create more glucose that can be converted into fatty acids, is by making you INSULIN RESISTANT and eventually turning you into a DIABETIC. And being INSULIN RESISTANT or DIABETIC, lowers your chances of treatment success.
Avatar n tn My son is 28 yrs old, is 6 foot tall, weighs 170lbs and is very healthy except he has a Triglyceride level of 1200, HDL 27 and cholesterol level of 229. We have the following conditions in our family: Heart disease, diabetes, stroke and thyroid problems.....
Avatar n tn keeping a diseased gallbladder can cause pancreatitis and you don't want that! Once you have that then you will have chronic pain for the rest of your life.
469720 tn?1388149949 The National Cholesterol Education Program considers cholesterol testing in a doctor's office to be the preferred way because the patient can get advice immediately about the meaning of the results and what to do. Besides determining total cholesterol levels, doctors often order a lipoprotein profile that shows the amounts of LDL, HDL, and another type of blood fat called triglycerides. This information gives doctors a better idea of heart disease risk and helps guide any treatment.
Avatar n tn Dear Joanna, Thank you for your question. First of all let me say that information presented here is not intended to replace the advice of your personal physician. He/she is the one who knows your particular case the best and will make recommendations that are specific to you. So I would recommend following your doctor's advice for treatment questions. Cholesterol has been identified as a major risk factor in the development of heart disease.
Avatar n tn I think you are smart to want further evaluation. I agree with you, you need a second opinion. I'd see a heptologist ( liver specialist) You are right that a biopsy is the "gold standard" of determining liver status but you don't necessarily need one. Liver enzyme readings are not an exact measure of what is going on in your liver. Have you been tested for viral hepatitis? I would test for it to make sure that is not present. Are you having any symptoms?
Avatar f tn You should have your doctor check you liver enzymes as Lovaza tends to raise them. Think back to when you started on the Lovaza and when the itching started. Lovaza is very expensive and doesn't work any better than any decent fish oil product you can by over the counter to lower Triglycerides. Talk to your doctor about it, but I am sure that Lovaza is causing your problem.
Avatar n tn Posted by tara on April 19, 1999 at 22:32:45 This was a fasting blood test so Im very worried. Could I have a heart attach at 30? Im female , 5'6 145 pounds. I just quit smoking 3 weeks ago after smoking for 15 years. I dont eat alot of meat. I am fairly active. Since I quit smoking, Ive been excersising for at least 45 minutes every day, prior to that I excersised about 2 times a week. My father had his first heart attach at 35. He died from his heart disease at 49.
Avatar n tn Dear Lee, Your question raises several important points concerning cholesterol. A high cholesterol level was identified as a major risk factor in the development of heart disease in the 1970s. Lowering cholesterol for secondary prevention, that is preventing second heart attacks in persons who already had had one, was next demonstrated in the eighties and primary prevention of heart attack and stroke (In persons who had never had a prior event) demonstrated in the nineties.
Avatar f tn * Lack of sunlight * Everyone who lives more than 35 degrees latitude north or south of the equator is at risk of vitamin D deficiency in the winter months * Dark or black skin needs up to 10 times the amount of sun than light skin to absorb vitamin D in their skin * Wearing sunscreen - prevents absorption of UVB rays that create vitamin D * Lack of vitamin D co-factors - magnesium (most important co factor), zinc, vitamin K2, boron, and a tiny amount of vitamin A * Magnesium and calc
Avatar m tn Regulators in Australia and Canada have warned since 2005 about the drug's potential to cause hepatitis, pancreatitis and depression. Most of the studies for which Merck and Schering have published results for Zetia covering only 12 weeks, which is not enough time for liver problems to develop in most patients.
233616 tn?1312790796 That said, there have been previous discussions I believe you have been involved in (apologies if Im confusing you with someone else) where people have been warned about taking a whole list of rx drugs during treatment including a number of antibiotics and statins and even I believe Tylenol. Truth is that most antiboitics, statins and tylenol (proper dosage) are perfectly safe to take during treatment and the rewards outweigh any of the risks.
Avatar f tn Best of luck with the GI visit today - and also with seeing your sister. I hope the GI doctor gives you some great news about being able to figure out what's been going on with your stomach. Looking forward to seeing an update after your appointment (and visit with your sister!).
Avatar n tn Statin drugs are often very effective, but a rare few do experience dangerous side effects and cannot take statins. I am sure you will work all this out with your cardio. These folks really do know what they are doing and have confidence in their recommendations.
Avatar n tn Except for the bloating and belching. I have found it's amazing that I can wake so miserably at night and toss and turn to try to get relief from the back pain/stiffness yet feel absolutely normal (with exception of bloating/belching)during the day. I had xrays done on my back-normal. I had standard bloodwork done-normal. I guess next step is ultrasound for gall bladder, pancreatitus, etc. May need to check on ulcer too. I feel for you cause I used to LOVE my sleep.
238668 tn?1232735930 Medical treatment of cholesterol includes resins which bind cholesterol, niacin, gemfibrazole (useful for elevated triglycerides) and statins. All of the drugs except the resins may have a negative effect on the liver and liver function tests should be monitored. If there is an increase in the liver enzymes it is usually reversible if the drug is stopped.
Avatar n tn Liver function is normal. I've been taking statins for over 10 years for high cholesterol and I have to wonder if this long term use has caused a lesion. It sounds like this typd of URQ pain is fairly common and hard to pin down the actual source.
Avatar n tn Posted By CCF CARDIO MD - CRC on May 12, 1999 at 11:04:35 Dear Sherry, Thank you for your question. First of all let me say that information presented here is not intended to replace the advice of your personal physician. He/she is the one who knows your particular case the best and will make recommendations that are specific to you. So I would recommend following your doctors advice for treatment questions.
Avatar n tn Posted By CCF CARDIO MD - CRC on May 12, 1999 at 11:04:35 Dear Sherry, Thank you for your question. First of all let me say that information presented here is not intended to replace the advice of your personal physician. He/she is the one who knows your particular case the best and will make recommendations that are specific to you. So I would recommend following your doctors advice for treatment questions.
Avatar n tn Posted By CCF CARDIO MD - CRC on May 20, 1999 at 13:15:37 Dear D., Thank you for your question. First of all let me say that information presented here is not intended to replace the advice of your personal physician. He/she is the one who knows your particular case the best and will make recommendations that are specific to you. So I would recommend following your doctors advice for treatment questions. I have given you some general information below.
238668 tn?1232735930 Posted By CCF CARDIO MD - CRC on August 31, 1998 at 09:27:06: In Reply to: triglycerides posted by Jeanine Barone on August 30, 1998 at 16:30:22: I'm a healthy, athletic, 40 year old woman (non smoker, non drinker and underweight for my height). I just had my blood lipids measured for the first time and was told everything was fine. But when I asked for the numbers, my physician said: TC 150, HDL 40, ratio: 308 and TG 500!!
Avatar n tn _ Dear Jodi, Thank you for your question. First of all let me say that information presented here is not intended to replace the advice of your personal physician. He/she is the one who knows your particular case the best and will make recommendations that are specific to you. So I would recommend following your doctor's advice for treatment questions. I have given you some general information first and then answered your specific questions below.