My Mother has ESRD and she does not want to have a kidney transplant or dialysis because it’s too expensive. Is there any medications that can help or is dialysis her only hope?

Dialysis, either peritoneal dialysis or hemodialysis, is the only way to treat people with kidney failure.  There are no medications that will treat and reverse kidney failure.  In some cases, your mother may be requesting to live as long as she can, as well as she can without dialysis.  In this case, then palliative care treatments that keep her comfortable as long as they can, may be needed.  This is known as conservative treatment of kidney failure.  Your mother should discuss palliative care with her nephrologist.

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