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Old 06-30-2003, 05:30 PM   #1
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Hello everyone.
I've been on Accutane for 2 months. I just started 'bulking' this month. I've drastically changed my diet in attempts to make gains in muscle mass. My 'bulking' diet consists of high protein meals, eating 6 times a day. My doctor has noticed that my AST levels have drastically increased. I believe it was at 89, and last month it was somewhere around 29. My doctor has ordered me to stop both bulking and accutane for a period of two weeks, and then to get another blood test in attempts to see what might be causing the increase in AST levels. What do you all think might be causing the AST levels? If I stop both the bulking diet and the medication, how exactly can my doctor discover which was causing the level increase? The only possibility she might be able to eliminate is that BOTH the diet and the protein might be causing the problem, but how would we know for sure which one of the two could be at fault? Also is there a connection between consuming protein and causing strain on the liver?
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Old 06-30-2003, 05:34 PM   #2
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I've also been eating lots of eggs, which I just recently discovered, happens to contain Vitamin A. Shouldn't Vitamin A be avoided while taking accutane?

Old 06-30-2003, 05:57 PM   #3
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Egg yolks have a lot of vitamin A. Also, what is AST?

Old 06-30-2003, 06:04 PM   #4
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AST - a protein which, when found in the blood in elevated quantities, generally indicates liver damage. So basically doctors watch the AST levels of Accutane patients to see if the medication might be causing damage to the liver, which in my case, may or may not be. My AST levels were fine last month, and I was still on Accutane last month.

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