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Risk of prescribed medications causing MORE liver damage in recovery from Alcoholism


Risk of prescribed medications causing MORE liver damage in recovery from Alcoholism

Old 05-28-2012, 08:49 AM
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Risk of prescribed medications causing MORE liver damage in recovery from Alcoholism

I am only 2 months and have had massive problems eating (thanks for comments on previous thread!) I was prescribed a drug for anxiety / depression/ inappetence (not sure if i can mention names) when i read the data sheet it said BE CAREFUL if you jave a raised ALT!! I panicked as i had started the drug and asked the psychiatrist - he said "don't worry all data sheets say these things" "your liver will be fine!!!" (he actually said this)- - I did my own research and it seemed this drug was potentially hepatotoxic in 2% of people so i told my GP who is super- she ordered tests and in the 5 days of taking the meds my ALT had gone from 2 x normal when i stopped drinking - to 5 x normal (in 5 days!!!) this has not helped my anxiety
I think we need to remember that we have damaged our livers and they may be more sensitive to other potentially hepatotoxic agents - so BE CAREFUL - scrurtinize what you are prescribed- don't be brushed aside when you query something as the medics aren't always correct (at least in the Old Dart)
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:00 AM
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We can't give medical advice on SR...I'm really glad you did check
with your GP on how best to proceed.

All my best as you continue to heal...
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:40 AM
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Know and care for your own body. I am glad you kept seeking medical knowledge for yourself.

Are you working any kind of program of recovery? AT 2 months, you are just starting to heal well.

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Old 05-28-2012, 03:42 PM
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A close friend in the program is a physician and a big help in these areas. My dentist has almost 30 years and a very good program.


This is what happened. My sober dentist told me I had to get a very deep cleaning done by an endodontist. They've known each other forever. For the cleaning I was to be put to sleep by taking two Haldol. So I told the new dentist to ask my sober dentist who said he thought that was fine. So I fell asleep, knocked me out. Problem is when I woke up I was staggering, couldn't stand up. A friend came and took me home and I fell into bed. It was identical to being very drunk. I had to go to daily meetings for a week and share about it before the craving left. The thing was neither my dentist or the endondist knew I was taking another medication which boosted the effect of the Haldol.

So yes, certainly be careful.
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