Can Chronic Kidney Disease Patients Reduce the Risk from Over-the -Counter Painkillers?

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Some Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients have conditions which pain killers are recommended to treat such as Aspirin for a heart problem. Many of these patients worry that they have to choose between treating the heart problem, for example, and the damage the medicine can cause due to a lack of kidney function. Fortunately, that does not have to be the case if the dosage is low enough to mitigate against the limited function of the kidney.

Over the counter medicines intended to relive pain include Aspirin, Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Naproxen Sodium, and others present no danger to most people when taken in recommended dosage. However, these common painkillers can be dangerous for people suffering from CKD. The risk to CKD patients increases when painkillers are taken every day for several years. In view of these findings recommends that kidney disease patients check with their Nephrologists before taking any over-the-counter painkillers.

In light of the above, the following medicines are said to be "friendly to" patients with kidney disease, but needs okay by your Nephrologist:

  • Crocin Pain Relief
  • Tramadol
  • Proxyvon     

CKD patients inevitably will need to take painkillers from time to time. Nevertheless the more they know about how these medicines work with limited to no kidney function, the less casually they will take them. As effective as they might be, these drugs can have devastating side effects when it comes to your overall health if not appropriately prescribed and monitored.  

Reference: "Can a Kidney Patient Take Painkillers?" DoctorNDTV Global RSS.


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