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    What causes elevation in ALT and AST levels?

Posted on Fri, 14 Jul 2017 in Digestion and Bowels
Question: What would cause a slight elevation in ALT and AST? All other tests are within normal limits. ALT is 83 with a range of 7 to 52. AST is 56 with a range of 13 to 39. Taking low dose of Meloxicam . Also doxy. for rosecea.
Answered by Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
AST, ALT elevation likely due to meloxicam, doxycycline

Detailed Answer:
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The elevation in your AST and ALT levels are only mild.
Both meloxicam and Doxycycline can cause such increase in AST and ALT levels.

If possible, these medications should be discontinued and the AST, ALT levels should be rechecked after 3 months.

If discontinuing these medications is not an option, then you will need close monitoring of liver function test and discontinuation of medications if the levels worsen.

I would also recommend getting a hepatitis serology and Ultrasonography of liver done
It is also important to avoid alcohol and high-fat diet.

Hope this answers your question
Please feel free to address further questions here


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