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Are these meds responsible for high liver function levels? My liver levels were high after aripiprazole I'm almost scared to check what they are like after the lamotrigine. My psychiatrist wants me to go on olanzopine too. Is this risky because of my liver?
The tests can detect liver enzyme irregularities, but liver damage does not show on these tests as a linear function, rather a sharp curve. What I mean by this is, that liver tissue degenerates at a faster and faster rate. Unless you're taking these tests during shorter and shorter intervals, physical symptoms of an enlarged liver will manifest sooner than the tests at fixed intervals can detect them. You'll know you have an enlarged liver without the help of any test.....you'll be rolling around in agony.
The best way to improve liver function is to stop using the drug. If that's not an opti, then obviously don't drink and lose some weight. You shouldn't need a liver enzyme test to do that anyway. It's wise to treat your physician's suggestions with a healthy amount of skepticism . Remember, physicians will protect themselves, other physicians and the drugs they prescribe. It's up to you to protect yourself. My liver enlarged well before the test was scheduled ......my enlarged liver was pressing against my lungs causing my breathing to be shallow and because of the pain I was rolling around in agony, while afraid of being asphyxiated because my breathing was so shallow. Ya, think I bothered to call the physician to determine whether I should cease using the drug?