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High Blood Pressure and Elavated Liver Function
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An_192017 posted:
Hi. I'm a 30 year-old, relatively fit male who recently has had some high blood pressure readings. I had back to back days of 122/100. I started having headaches and dizziness so I went to the ER (Its is pretty much our walk-in clinic in our small town). They gave me linsopril(sp) because my blood pressure was as high as 160/90 there. They also took a blood test and CT scan. The CT scan showed I had a workign brain so that's always nice to show the wife. However, The blood test showed that I had elevated liver function. I took the results to my doctor the next day. They seemed to think my blood pressure was elevated because I am comig off taking Effexor, which I can see. However, they didn't seem to think the elevated liver function was a big deal. It has kinda scared me. They said to stay on the BP meds and come back for a BP check in a week. I go back in 5 weeks to do a fasting blood test for liver and cholestorol.

The reason why I said all this is that the doctors were kind of relaxed about the liver function being elevated. I don't know how high is too high, but on the blood test results, my reading was 19 points over required range (meassured at 67). Should I get a 2nd opinion and get this checked out sooner, or could all of this be caused by coming of Effexor (anit-depresent)? Any input would be great!!!

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Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
Dear Anon_21928,

Perhaps when you go back in to get your BP checked you should ask about the liver function? Also, you may want to consider whether or not the doctor(s) found any signs of liver problems other than the elevated test.

If you feel uncomfortable waiting that long, then definitely get a second opinion. It is your liver and your life.

Keep that great sense of humor!

Byroney
 
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KDeeee7777 responded:
Hi...
I take a cocktail of B/P meds which do a great job....but occasionally I get a "wonky" alk/phos (which is a liver test. I had every test in the book looking for bad stuff...and they never found anything. When I reduced certain drugs....my liver function went back to normal...when I went back to a higher dosage it was more elevated.

finally talked to someone who said...if it is only the alk/phos and everything else is fine and it responds to medication changes....don't worry. Lots of meds make the liver "unhappy"...but it repairs self well. Happy Blood Pressure is a Good Thing!
KDEE


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