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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What causes elevated alkaline phosphatase levels?

I recently had a blood test and I am showing a slight elevation in Alkaline Phosphatase - normal is 41 - 151 and my reading is 158. The week before I had the blood test I was taking 800milligrams of Advil - once a day for 4 days - for my bad knees, could that make that reading high? I have never had this before.
Mon, 2 Jul 2018
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Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

Elevated Alkaline phosphatase levels can be due to bone disease but more commonly due to liver disorders. It could be a side effect of Ibuprofen(Advil) that you have been taking. Looks like you have taken more than the required amount your body could metabolize. Your liver is affected (inflamed)due to it & so the rise in your alkaline phosphatase level. Visit ER, get LFT (Liver function tests ), CBC & urine tests done. Take Liver tonics, oily-fried, eat boiled healthy food & fresh veggies & sugarcane juice. Stop all addictions.

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