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Posted on Thu, 20 Jul 2017 in Digestion and Bowels
Question: I have recently been diagnosed with prescription drug hepatitis by a gastroenterologist. This diagnosis was based on blood work, abdominal ultrasound and a liver biopsy. There was some concerns that i might have autoimmune liver disease, but this dx has been ruled out. I was taking celebrex, pravastatin and amlodipine. I stopped taking the first two drugs in january. My liver enzymes remained quite elevated through April so my PCP sent me to the gastroenterologist. I gad no other symptoms of luver disease. I am not taking any medication at this time as my gastroenterologist wants my liver to recover from hepatitis. My blood pressure is running 130/84 range, but it has been higher in the past. A cardiologist diagnosed me with hypertension and prescibed the amlodipine. I would like some suggestions for antihypertensive drugs that are less toxic to the liver so that i could discuss these options with my PCP. I know atenolol is one possibility, but i am concerned about the fatigue side effect. I am quite active, work out a lot and not overweight. At 65, i want to remain active. I am an RN but my area if expertise is psychiatric. Thank you for you help.
Answered by Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Management of hypertension with drug induced hepatitis

Detailed Answer:
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Most anti hypertensive medications are safe for liver.
ACE inhibitors like captopril, angiotensin receptor blockers like losartan have lesser incidence of Acute liver injury in.comparison to beta blockers like atenolol, metoprolol.
However, there are case reports showing that ACE inhibitors/angiotensin receptor blockers causing liver toxicity (in less than 2% of cases).

Since your blood pressure is currently only 130/84 I would recommend not taking any medications until.your liver recovers completely.
Blood pressure less than 140/90 (if you are non diabetic) is considered normal.
You can follow DASH diet(dietary approach to stop hypertension).DASH diet includes eating more vegetables fruits, low fat diary, limiting saturated fat,sugars,sodium intake etc.
Daily exercising, avoiding smoking and alcohol.is also important.

Hope this answers your question
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