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How to treat elevated liver enzymes in an alcoholic?

I just got my lab results back my liver enzymes are double the normal numbers... I drink quite heavily and am wondering how long it would take for me to get back to a normal status for these figures? And what steps can I take besides, Just stop drinking alcohol ? Thank you.
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
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Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service.
I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

Of course, alcohol quitting is the first step.

SGOT and SGPT are sensitive indicators of liver damage or injury from different types of diseases or conditions, and collectively they are termed liver tests or liver blood tests.

So, the next step is to look for certain liver damage and most common casue is fatty liver disease. It should be confirmed by ultrasound.

Other causes are viral hepatitis, cirrhosis, medicines, alcohol intake or autoimmune diseases. To detect exact cause, US, bilirubin levels and tumor markers should be additionaly done Then appropriate treatment can be started.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Ivan R. Rommstein
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How to treat elevated liver enzymes in an alcoholic?

Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. Of course, alcohol quitting is the first step. SGOT and SGPT are sensitive indicators of liver damage or injury from different types of diseases or conditions, and collectively they are termed liver tests or liver blood tests. So, the next step is to look for certain liver damage and most common casue is fatty liver disease. It should be confirmed by ultrasound. Other causes are viral hepatitis, cirrhosis, medicines, alcohol intake or autoimmune diseases. To detect exact cause, US, bilirubin levels and tumor markers should be additionaly done Then appropriate treatment can be started. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Ivan R. Rommstein