I used to have a high cholesterol and i have been taking Vytorin for the last 22 days and now my cholesterol is back to normal. However my SGOT increases to 56 and SGPT 100. Is Vytorin causes SGOT and SGPT to increase? Also, i have taken Anti hepatitis 2x. Does this have possibility to increase the SGOT and SGPT?
You might want to discuss this with your doctor. The prescribing info on the Merck site says
It is recommended that liver function tests be performed before the initiation of treatment with Vytorin.
EMedTV has an article that explains some statins are associated with high liver enzymes. It says increases in liver enzymes occur in 1.7 percent of people taking Vytorin. This increase appears to be more prevalent in people who are taking higher doses.
It goes on to explain other causes of high liver enzymes. The bottom line is the person best to determine this is one who is familiar with your medical history as well as your labs prior to starting the medication.
Here is the link:
Do you mean you wonder if testing for hepatitis C antibody would cause your liver enzymes to increase? Drawing the blood? Were your Antibody tests negative (or nonreactive)?
In three placebo-controlled, 12-week trials, the incidence of consecutive elevations (≥3 X ULN) in serum transaminases was 1.7% overall for patients treated with Vytorin and appeared to be dose-related with an incidence of 2.6% for patients treated with Vytorin 10/80. In controlled long-term (48-week) extensions, which included both newly-treated and previously-treated patients, the incidence of consecutive elevations (≥3 X ULN) in serum transaminases was 1.8% overall and 3.6% for patients treated with Vytorin 10/80. These elevations in transaminases were generally asymptomatic, not associated with cholestasis, and returned to baseline after discontinuation of therapy or with continued treatment.
In SHARP, 9270 patients with chronic kidney disease were allocated to receive Vytorin 10/20 mg daily (n=4650), or placebo (n=4620). During a median follow-up period of 4.9 years, the incidence of consecutive elevations of transaminases (>3 × ULN) was 0.7% for Vytorin and 0.6% for placebo.
It is recommended that liver function tests be performed before the initiation of treatment with Vytorin, and thereafter when clinically indicated. There have been rare postmarketing reports of fatal and non-fatal hepatic failure in patients taking statins, including simvastatin. If serious liver injury with clinical symptoms and/or hyperbilirubinemia or jaundice occurs during treatment with Vytorin, promptly interrupt therapy. If an alternate etiology is not found do not restart Vytorin. Note that ALT may emanate from muscle, therefore ALT rising with CK may indicate myopathy [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].
Vytorin should be used with caution in patients who consume substantial quantities of alcohol and/or have a past history of liver disease. Active liver diseases or unexplained persistent transaminase elevations are contraindications to the use of Vytorin.
Thank you for your explaination. Now i have stopped taking vytorin beccause my cholestrol has lowered to 135. What i meant was, i have take 2x out of 3x anti hepatitis jab. However when i tested, the result was negative which is non-reactive. Why is that so? Do i need to have taken 3x before it is reactive?
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