I am a bit confused about analgesics. Are the following analgesics: aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, ketoprofen and naproxen sodium? My creatinine level is too high. Do I need to avoid these items? What can I take for headaches?

All of the compounds that you name are analgesics. That means that they relieve pain. Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) should avoid certain non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s). Of the drugs that you mention, ibuprofen, ketoprofen and naproxen should be avoided. Aspirin and acetaminophen can be used by patients with CKD and not experience any kidney harm. However, as with all over the counter medications, you should clear any of these drugs with your primary care physician (PCP) to make sure that they do not interfere with any other drugs and medical problems that you may have.

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