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Need to lower my bilirubin. Abstained from alcohol and diet sodas. Is it sufficient?

I need to lower my billirubin from 2.1 to below 2 in 1 week. I ve had slightly elevated billirubin since birth. I m trying to lower it in order to qualify for a clinical trial. I was told to cut out alcohol, which I have for the past week. I hadn t had diet soda for the past week, and will try and abstain now. Can diet soda consumption also contribute to a high billirubin?
Asked On : Mon, 31 Dec 2012
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

Firstly, you need to be investigated for having a high bilirubin level. A level of 2.1 is definitely not normal and indicates a liver problem. There are numerous causes like alcohol abuse, viral infections like hepatitis B, exposure to toxins or hepatotoxic medication, obstruction to the flow of bile, etc.

Secondly, please remember that most of the medication are metabolized by the liver. Hence whichever medication is administered during the clinical trail will have to be metabolized by the liver, and if there is a compromise in the liver functions, this can cause side effects.

Various substances like alcohol, drugs, prolonged use of NSAID pain killers and many other prescription medication can caise damage to the liver. So, I would advise you to have yourself evaluated for the raised bilirubin and refrain from taking any unknown medication.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Answered: Mon, 31 Dec 2012
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