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Are there any medications that I should avoid taking if I am diagnosed with CKD?

As numerous medications can affect and even impair kidney function in people who already suffer from chronic kidney disease, there are multiple types of drugs you should avoid taking.

Over 37 million people struggle with kidney disease in the United States, 10% of which have kidney failure, a very serious condition which requires constant treatment such as dialysis. In other words, 1 in 7 Americans have chronic kidney disease and they should avoid taking certain medications, as they may experience further kidney damage to a great extent. Some of the medications people with chronic kidney disease need to avoid are:

  • diabetes medication, such as insulin and metformin
  • statin medication, such as atorvastatin, lovastatin, and simvastatin, which are prescribed for high cholesterol
  • pain medication, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen, as well as acetaminophen and aspirin
  • heartburn medicine, such as Milk of Magnesia and Alka-Seltzer
  • decongestants, which are prescribed for high blood pressure
  • herbal supplements which contain minerals such as potassium
  • antacids and laxatives with magnesium, phosphorus, and aluminum
  • salt substitutes which contain potassium
  • vitamin and food supplements
  • certain anti-microbial medication, such as anti-fungal, antibiotic and antiviral drugs

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/