It is the fastest growing noncommunicable disease in the United States, affecting a record 37 million Americans, or 15% of the country’s adult population.
Often referred to as the silent epidemic, kidney disease usually it is highly advanced and permanent damage has already been done. By that stage, patients may need lifelong dialysis or a kidney transplant.
Although good management and prevention can keep kidney disease in check, millions of Americans are unknowingly exposing themselves to risks through certain medications they take.
Here is a list of medications you might be taking that could be harming your kidneys_
Painkillers: Prescription NSIADs pain medications the may contain indomethacin, meloxicam and celecoxib can lead to acute kidney injury.
Antibiotics: Some of the most common antibiotics include penicillin, amoxicillin, ciprofloxacin, doxycycline and azithromycin that can create crystals that may prevent y normal urination.
Laxatives: Many over-the-counter can lead to dehydration which can decrease blood flow to the kidneys, causing them harm.
Acid suppressants: Medications used to prevent and treat indigestion can inflame or irritate kidneys.
Herbal supplements: Many herbs and mineral supplements can also irritate kidneys leading to long-term problems.
Bottom line: Don’t stop taking your medications without confuting your healthcare professional. But if you are consuming large amounts of any of the above, be sure to protect your kidneys by keeping hydrated and making sure you don’t take more than the recommended dosages.