this is what I am being told. I have been seen by hepatologist at Duke U. Medical Center
Even though the augmentin is what "triggered" the AIH I supposedly have genetic predisposition to autoimmune diseases
as I am hypothyroid. Of course none of my previous docs told me I had this predisposition or to be careful of drugs, foods,
supplements which can trigger a reaction.
My LFT's were approaching 3000. Prednisone has brought me into remission according to hep but they will not leave me on it
for long term. I started cellcept which is much better tolerated than azathioprine. It also comes in an ENTERIC pill but of course
no one tells us that either. so far I am tolerating it with some minor dizziness.
Any of the immunosuppressants can cause LFT's to go up! this is why sometimes they don't know if your levels are raising because
of disease or medication! it is crazy. also the dosage they recommend come from studies done on TRANSPLANT patients
not us having AIH for other reasons. therefore could we get by with less???? I wonder?
The hepatologist was treating 100 AIH patients. they recommend azathiorprine first but he had 20 patients who were also
on cellcept due to not tolerating it. Please read Melissa Palmers book on liver disease - great resource.
also website called UP TO DATE that physicians use. If you buy a membership for a week you can get even More detailed info
that physicians get. Lipitor is toxic to the liver as are ALL statins. I now have high cholesterol due to prednisone, (LDL jumped
100 points) and was given welchol which works in the intestine to remove cholesterol. Hepatologist thought is was fine for liver.
It is just SOOOOO many pills. My life is revolving around when to take all of them!
stay in touch, best of health,
I have moved this topic to a new thread,this is the last post on that thread. the old thread will be locked soon but feel free to continue the discussion here:) have a good day