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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:

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Don't stop taking any prescription medicines without talking to your doctor first.

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Last Updated: September 15, 2011
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