July 27, 2016

Liver Blood Tests

What medications can cause increased liver enzyme tests (AST and ALT)? (continued)

Cholesterol lowering drugs such as statins:

  • lovastatin (Mevacor, Altocor),
  • pravastatin (Pravachol),
  • atorvastatin (Lipitor),
  • fluvastatin (Lescol),
  • simvastatin (Zocor),
  • rosuvastatin (Crestor), and
  • niacin

Cardiovascular drugs such as:

  • amiodarone (Cordarone),
  • hydralazine (Apresoline)
  • quinidine (Quinaglute, Quinidex), etc.

Other drugs

With drug-induced liver enzyme abnormalities, the enzymes usually normalize weeks to months after stopping the medications. Typically, the physician will want to monitor the patient's liver enzymes over time to confirm that the values are normalizing. Continue Reading

Reviewed on 4/20/2016