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Medications & kidney disease

People with chronic kidney disease are often prescribed multiple medications. Understand the impact of medications plus which ones to avoid.

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If you have chronic kidney disease you can often be prescribed multiple medications, some of which can slow down the damage being caused to your kidneys. It's important to understand the impact these can have on your kidneys.

Acute Kidney Injury fact sheet

If you're living with chronic kidney disease, your health professional may prescribe several medications including:

  • anti-hypertensives to control your blood pressure
  • medications to keep your heart healthy, for example cholesterol tablets
  • medications to control other health conditions you may be living with such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, pain and arthritis
  • diuretics (such as frusemides) to increase your urine output
  • phosphate binders to control your phosphate levels
  • vitamin D to maintain strong bones and other benefits
  • injections, including erythropoeitin and iron, to control anaemia

The medications you're prescribed will depend on your overall health, the stage of chronic kidney disease you have and your treatment options. The medications you take will also adapt over time as your overall condition and health change.

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