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Which medications should you avoid if you have kidney disease?

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If your kidneys don’t work well, check with your doctor before you take any medications, including over-the-counter drugs.

Your doctor may tell you to avoid certain pain relievers such as

Some studies show a link between heartburn drugs called proton pump inhibitor (PPI) and chronic kidney disease.

Tell your doctor before you take any herbal products or other supplements.

  • aspirin
  • ibuprofen
  • naproxen
  • celecoxib

SOURCES: 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease. 

National Kidney Disease Education Program.

UpToDate: “Chronic Kidney Disease.”

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: “The Benefits of Transplant versus Dialysis.”

American Gastroenterological Association: “How to Talk with Patients about PPIs and Chronic Kidney Disease.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 31, 2019

SOURCES: 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease. 

National Kidney Disease Education Program.

UpToDate: “Chronic Kidney Disease.”

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: “The Benefits of Transplant versus Dialysis.”

American Gastroenterological Association: “How to Talk with Patients about PPIs and Chronic Kidney Disease.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 31, 2019

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