Category Archives: Living Donation

I donated a kidney 16 years ago. I need to go on osteoporosis medication. I take Timolol maleate ophthalmic for glaucoma and Ranitidine for acid reflux. Is there a safe medication for me? My doctor recommended a twice a year shot but it had a warning about kidney disease..Is there a risk for me? My one kidney is healthy.

Most osteoporosis medications can be used as long as your estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) is greater than 30 milliliters per minute per 1.73 meters squared.  I am not able to recommend medical therapy without performing a complete history and … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Living Donation, Medication and Kidney Function, Symptoms and Side Effects, Treatments

I’m considering donating my kidney to a close friend. I know our blood types match, but haven’t done the other tests yet to determine if I can. My slight reluctance in proceeding with those tests, to be perfectly honest, is a question on the paperwork necessary to start the process. The question simply asks about “current medications”. Well, I currently take 30mg/day of Adderall for ADHD (and have for only the last 2 years). I am very concerned that if I just state that, I might find myself instantly disqualified from donating. I do have a legal prescription, but still I’m afraid that a hard and fast policy might prevent me from donating when it would actually be totally safe. I’m absolutely willing to stop using Adderall and maybe switch to something else or nothing if it’s necessary to save his life. I recognize of course that I shouldn’t withhold information on a medical form, but I’m wondering if maybe I shouldn’t quit Adderall for say a couple months and then answer truthfully that it’s not a current medication. I’m sure my friend is anxious to learn if I’m a suitable donor, but for now I’m stalling the process without knowing if I really need to. Can you help?

It is most important, your safety and the safety of the person who is to receive your kidney that you be perfectly honest with them and discuss your use of Adderall.  There are no nationwide criteria for determining who is … Continue reading

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Is there an age restriction between donor and possible recipient? Thinking about donating but 20 year age gap of family friend. She is 23 and I am 48, healthy, no meds.

Most transplant programs do not have an age limitation regarding the differential in age between the recipient and the donor. In some cases, young females need to be aware that donating a kidney can have a very small risk of … Continue reading

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I donated a kidney in 2001. My wound became infected and was open for several months. Since then my health has steadily declined. Biggest issue is energy. I seem to need to rest a lot and can only work a few days per week and never for 8 hours. My blood work all comes back Normal. Can you suggest an avenue I can follow to get better?

I cannot make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present. In some instances, an illness such as this produces de-conditioning. This means that your strength and stamina have been depleted because of illness and lack of activity. … Continue reading

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After watching a few of my friends go through really bad kidney problems (and thankfully recover though some of them came close to needing a transplant) I thought to myself, I would donate a kidney to someone who really needed it. I’m in good health and all of that and I know there’s a huge need for kidney donors out there. Is there a way to just go somewhere and say “here take my kidney and give it to someone on a list” or is it far more complex than that?

People who donate a kidney in a non-directed fashion such as you propose are known as altruistic donors. Being a kidney donor can be a bit more complex than just deciding to donate a kidney. You must be in excellent … Continue reading

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My 61 year old father was told last week he needs to go on dialysis or get a kidney transplant. I am 41 and in excellent health. However, 4.5 years ago I was diagnosed with Stage 1 invasive breast cancer. It was 6mm. I had a lumpectomy and all of the cancer was removed. It had not spread to my lymph nodes. I also did 6 weeks of radiation. Since then all of my regular breast check ups have been fine. I know there is a lot of testing involved in being a donor, but I would like to know if having had cancer is an automatic disqualifier.

In most situations like this, a transplant center will require that you are cancer free for at least 5 years before allowing you to be a kidney donor. Each transplant center has policies and procedures that are followed in order … Continue reading

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I was on Furosemide for a year, but losing weight, proper exercise and diet. I’ve now been off it a year and in good health. My sister may need a kidney in a couple of years (she was just diagnosed with multiple myeloma and receiving chemotherapy for the first 6 weeks, and they hope to broaden it to stem cells transplant). If necessary, I want to make sure I will be able to donate one of mine to her. Is there a preparation I can do to optimize my match to her, and will a doctor be willing to take my kidney if she needs a donor?

There is no specific activity that you could do that would make you a better kidney donor.  Leading a healthy lifestyle, such as not smoking, increasing your extra physical activity by 150 minute per week, eating a healthy diet, and … Continue reading

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I am 52 yr old female, Caucasian, with Type A blood. My sister is 62 yrs old and is in Stage 4 kidney failure. She is also diabetic. She gets dialysis 3 times per week. I live in CT and she lives in FL. Besides blood type, what do you see as a barrier or barriers from me possibly being able to donate kidney to her? My health history is fairly good with the exception of being diagnosed and treated for Stage 2B HER2+ breast cancer in 2014. I had chemo, surgery and radiation, followed by an additional 6 months of Herceptin to finish my treatment in early 2015. I am considered cancer free. Does that fact exclude me from being a donor? I’m sure there are other factors involved but bases on this information, would I be eligible to help her?

Each transplant center has their own unique criteria for accepting someone as a kidney donor.  There is no universally accepted criteria that is used to accept a potential kidney donor.  Hence, my best advice would be to discuss your situation … Continue reading

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Hi. Can you donate a kidney after having lung cancer? Had left upper lobe removed in Aug.2012 had chemo. I have been checked and rechecked so far all test are good. Can I be a candidate for donation?

I would doubt that most transplant centers would permit kidney donation with a history of lung cancer.  Each individual transplant center determines who can and who cannot be a donor, so you are free to apply and see if you … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Living Donation, Symptoms and Side Effects

I was just denied to be a kidney donor to my very dear friend because my microalbumin number was 90. Can I change this and get retested? Will they reconsider me? I‘m healthy. I’m not diabetic. I just want to be his donor.

I do not know the reason you were rejected as a kidney donor, but each and every transplant center makes their own rules about who can and who cannot be a kidney donor. While you can try to clear up … Continue reading

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