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Old 02-06-2013, 09:33 AM   #1
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Raised levels of liver enzymes and Elavil

It is my understanding that Elavil can cause elevated liver enzymes.

I am going to take a blood test before taking Elavil and every three months.

What liver enzymes should I keep an eye on?

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Old 02-06-2013, 06:15 PM   #2
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Re: Raised levels of liver enzymes and Elavil

ALT and AST are the two liver enzymes doctors test for most often, and they are a good indicator of liver stress, but GGT is an often overlooked test that is much more sensitive than either ALT or AST.

The reason doctors don't order GGT more often is because it is so sensitive, it tends to jump around a lot and react to even the slightest liver stress. If I was starting on a new med that might create liver issues, I'd want all three, but if I could only have one, I'd start with GGT.

 
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:46 PM   #3
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Re: Raised levels of liver enzymes and Elavil

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ALT and AST are the two liver enzymes doctors test for most often, and they are a good indicator of liver stress, but GGT is an often overlooked test that is much more sensitive than either ALT or AST.

The reason doctors don't order GGT more often is because it is so sensitive, it tends to jump around a lot and react to even the slightest liver stress. If I was starting on a new med that might create liver issues, I'd want all three, but if I could only have one, I'd start with GGT.
Are there any tests that test all three.

I am only finding ALT and AST for around $20.00.

GGT, $30.00 extra.

Never mind. Found one for $36.00!

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