How to Lower Bilirubin
Apr 30, 2004
My bilirubin levels are elevated, although it seems to go up and down in the past few tests. Last test was a week ago, and it was 3.4 which is high, but my doc wasn't overly concerned, yet. I have slight yellowing in my eyes, but no noticable changes in skin tone.
I did some reading and wanted to confirm what I found. I found references to two ways that might reduce bilirubin levels: higher levels of caffiene and vitamin C.
1. Is this true? 2. Are there other things I can do with diet or lifestyle change that might bring the level down some more?
Response from Dr. Henry
I can't endorse those options since I have seen no good data on that. Remaining well hydrated (fluids, water) might help as well. Many of my patients on Reyataz with bili levels in tha range have managed to do well and put up with it--I haven't seen intervention that provides consistent and safe benefit--I am open to other suggestions. KH
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