Want to see how pain medication is affecting the liver. what do they look for? do they look for individual medications affecting the liver what are they looking for to see how the liver is affected. How do they know what is going on to the liver by blood test?
Doc suspects liver damage from pain meds - what will they look for on liver test?
- 26 Jul 2010 by Anonymous
26 Jul 2010
Hi my friend,
The liver plays a very important role: It stores energy from food, makes proteins, and helps remove toxins. The liver also makes bile, a fluid that helps in digestion.
Many commonly used medications may cause elevated liver enzymes(which are proteins that are present throughout the body, each with a unique function, enzymes help to speed up (catalyze) routine and necessary chemical reactions in the body). This does not necessarily mean that the medication has caused permanent liver disease, as most of the time the liver enzyme levels will return to normal after discontinuation of the medication. The list of all medications that may cause liver test abnormalities is very long, but some the most common ones include:
Acetaminophen (Tylenol or other medications with a Tylenol component, such as Vicodin)
Some pain medications diclofenac (Voltaren) and naproxen (Naprosyn, Anaprox, Aleve, Naprelen)
Cholesterol-lowering medications, statins , atorvastatin (Lipitor), simvastatin (Zocor)
Some antibiotics , sulfonamides, nitrofurantoin (Macrodantin; Furadantin; Macrobid)
Some tuberculosis medications, isoniazid (Nydrazid, Laniazid, INH)
Some anti-fungal medications, fluconazole (Diflucan), itraconazole (Sporanox)
Some psychiatric medications , tricyclic antidepressants(Amitriptyline, amoxapine, desipramine (Norpramin), Doxepin (Sinequan), Imipramine (Tofranil, Tofranil-PM), nortriptyline (Pamelor), Protriptyline (Vivactil)
Some seizure medications phenytoin (Dilantin), carbamazepine (Tegretol, Tegretol XR , Equetro, Carbatrol), valproic acid (Depakote, Depakote ER, Depakene, Depacon)
I hope your liver is GREAT!
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