Daily Archives: June 18, 2019

My cardiologist suggested that I be given Clindamycin (600) and Gentamycin (80) during a colonoscopy in case polyps needed to be removed. Is this safe for my transplanted kidney?

A single dose of these medications are safe for your transplanted kidney. These antibiotics are used for prophylaxis of bacterial endocarditis in patients with valvular heart disease.

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Medication and Kidney Function, Transplantation

Is 2.0 level life threatening?

I do not know what level you are referring to. A serum creatinine of 2.0 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl) is abnormal but I would not characterized this as “life threatening”.

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Serum Creatinine

Hi. I have Stage 4 kidney disease. I am on a very restricted diet. Chocolate killed me. I also have ATTD, and epilepsy. I take Trileptal 4 tab day, Calcitriol 1 pill q every day. My Doctor wants me to take Klonopin. That shuts my body down. I asked if I can take 5-HTP instead, he said yes. The internist ordered ferrous sulfate, 325, one every other day, with 500 Vitamin C. I feel very weak. The kidney doc ordered a diet of no meat or dairy of any kind. I have lost 20 pounds along with implant surgery. My Parathyroid level continues to be above 300. Doctor has not ordered dialysis. My lifestyle is impaired. What measures can I do? Most volunteer work is too taxing for me. Please assist. Thank you.

I am unable to suggest medical therapy without performing a complete history and physical examination. I do not identify any problems with your current management. I do not recommend that you completely avoid all meat and dairy. It is appropriate … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Diet/Nutrition, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Nephrologist

How does smoking affect the kidneys? In terms of legal cannabis and tobacco? Is there any difference? How do these affect kidneys and their function?

Tobacco smoking is associated with more rapid loss of kidney function in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). I am not aware of any study of cannabis in patients with CKD. Smoking of any kind is associated with progressive lung … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Risk factors

Stem Cell Therapy for the kidneys. What internet sites provide information on status, test results, etc? Any other suggestions for researching? Thanks.

There is currently no stem cell therapy that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of any kidney disease. The best web site to look for studies that relate to the use of stem cells for … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Clinical Trials/Studies, Kidney-Related Health Questions