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    Old 03-17-2008, 01:18 PM   #1
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    Kidneys and Meds

    I just came across a little info that scared me was a list of just of "few" of the meds that can cause kidney disease. What scared me wasn't the med was the combo of the med with a pain killer. Given the pain (and stiffness) that many bp medications cause it is very likely that some of us will pop over counter pills in our mouths to deal with the pain (I certainly did, and even though up until 3 years ago I didn't own a bottle of aspirin). Although I try to remind people to tell their docs about the over the counters and herbals they take, I think it best that one check it out for themselves first.

    Here's just a partial list of brand name and generic meds that can cause kidney problems:

    Prinivil (Lisinopril) and Advil (Ibuprofen)
    Prinivil (Lisinopril) and Aleve (Naproxen)
    Prinivil (Lisinopril) and Aspirin
    Prinivil (Lisinopril) and Motrin (Ibuprofen)
    Prinivil (Lisinopril) and Naprosyn (Naproxen)
    Prinivil (Lisinopril) and Nuprin (Ibuprofen)


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    Re: Kidneys and Meds

    It is really scary that drugs we often think of as harmless can cause us such problems.
    I am glad Beth has started this thread. We need to be more aware of the potential damage our medication, both OTC and prescription, may cause to the kidneys, in combinations or alone.

    These prescription medicines may primarily impair kidney function (without damage):

    ACE inhibitors (with renal artery stenosis or CHF)
    beta adrenergic blockers
    diuretics/NSAIDs -this combination should be AVOIDED
    lithium/tricyclic antidepressants AVOID
    nitroprusside and others

    Meds that can cause acute kidney failure-due to kidney damage:

    acetaminophen (in excess)
    oral contraceptives
    thiazide diuretics
    sulfonamides and others

    Muscle destruction and associated acute kidney failure:

    adrenocortical steroids
    opioid analgesics and others

    These are only several partial lists of meds with effects on the kidneys. There is also a long list of meds that can cause acute interstitial nephritis. I think anyone on medication should have regular kidney and liver function tests.


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