Patient Comments: Drug-Induced Liver Disease - Causes

What caused your drug-induced liver disease?

Comment from: sickone88, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

The doctors had me on two medications that make your liver sick - statins and Elavil. Then they put me on doxycycline and then switched it to Macrobid - talk about a quadruple whammy! Now I'm very sick, my eyes are yellow and I'm itchy. I'm worried about my liver and afraid to go back to the hospital, they made me sick, I had to ask the doctors to take me off medications I read about.

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Comment from: Elizabeth, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 28

Last December I got beat up in a major department store parking lot and have had headaches every day since then. Most of the time I can tolerate the pain, but sometimes it brings tears to my eyes. I have tried every type of headache medication out there that is OTC. I am current not working nor do I have a regular doctor. I have gone to the hospital and they did some tests but found nothing. The pain is not any worse with noise. The pain is not in one location in my head, it is all over. Right now it hurts so much I am crying. Please help. I had G6PDD symptoms at age 4 from eating Fava beans and garbanzo beans. In 2003, I was given Zocor Statin and became jaundiced, so I stopped Zocor. In January, 2010, I was given Aleve for Rheumatoid Arthritis, and a Cough/fever/flu/cold symptom cough syrup which contained Tylenol. At the hospital, I was treated as though I had a heart attack, instead of pneumonia, even though I presented with tarry stools and reddish brown urine, jaundice on my skin and in my eyes. My tongue was dark bluish black. Meaning that I had Hemolysis and low iron. I was also given a sulfa-based antibiotic, Coreg and Atacand, all of which made my symptoms worse, and all of which had black box warnings about liver damage over my protests. I was told that although my parents both had G6PDD, that I could not, because I am a girl. Oh, how ignorant these doctors be. To save my life, I had to check out of the hospital, stop all medicines, and go to my hematologist.

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Comment from: patrodriguez, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 05

Medication for treatment of miastenia gravis is what has caused my liver disease.

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Comment from: chris, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

My drug-induced liver disease happened when I was given an epidural steroid injection. I was also taking anti-inflammatory and Tramadol prescriptions. I was never told to stop any of the prescriptions even though I had a bad reaction to the steroid after three days. I now have numerous health problems of the; liver, gall bladder, pancreas, and kidneys. The mixture of prescriptions and steroids were toxic for my body. I do not drink alcohol and I eat healthily. I am now worried about my health.

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Comment from: DOROTHY, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

I got drug-induced hepatitis from amoxicillin clavenate acid (drug) taken for a sinus infection I couldn't get rid of. After I stopped taking it I was very sick, yellow skin and eyes and grey stools. The amount I was on was large and for six weeks. I was off work for five months. No one wanted to admit it was from the drug. The doctors thought I had cancer. The public is not aware that this can happen and that it was the drug that caused the hepatitis not viral.

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Comment from: lucky, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 15

I was prescribed Augmentin for a skin infection non my knee. It got rid of the infection, but about three weeks later I started feeling ill, fatigued, loss of appetite, starting itching, and one of friends noticed I was jaundiced. All of the tests showed negative for hepatitis, and they concluded it was the Augmentin that caused my cholestasis. It has been 3 months and I am finally getting back to normal. I think early detection is important so one can get help and medication to help with digestion, like ursodiol and colestipol. Consuming high protein foods and high carbohydrates helped, and taking ensure. I think I am lucky it wasn't worse.

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