Kidney Disease: Medicines to Avoid
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Many medicines may impair kidney function and cause kidney damage. If you have chronic kidney disease, your doctor may advise you to continue to take a medicine but may change how much you take to protect you from kidney damage.
It is important to talk to your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal products that you take. Some examples of common medicines that can cause problems include:
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as:
- Aspirin (for example, Excedrin).
- Celecoxib (Celebrex).
- Ibuprofen (for example, Advil).
- Naproxen (for example, Aleve).
- Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol), which may be harmful if it is overused.
- Herbal products. Chinese herbs used for weight loss have caused kidney disease in some people. Avoid products that have aristolochic acid in the ingredient list.
High blood pressure medicines, such as:
- ACE inhibitors (for example, ramipril, captopril, and enalapril).
- Angiotensin II receptor blockers (such as candesartan, losartan, telmisartan, and valsartan).
Diuretics, such as:
Antibiotics, such as:
- Sulfa drugs.
- Medicines used to treat cancer, such as:
Don't stop taking any prescription medicines without talking to your doctor first.
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|Primary Medical Reviewer||Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Mitchell H. Rosner, MD - Nephrology|
|Last Revised||September 15, 2011|
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