Category Archives: Medication and Kidney Function

I have stage 2 CKD and my GFR has been steady in the mid 60s for 2 years. I am 62 and recently developed osteoarthritis pain in a knee. I received a cortisone shot in my knee last week. My urine output seems to be decreasing. I am taking no other medicines or drugs. Can the cortisone shot be hurting my kidneys?

The amount of urine that you make is not a very sensitive or accurate way to estimate kidney function. It is true that cortisone can cause some fluid retention and weight gain.  This is perhaps what you are noticing. As … Continue reading

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My wife received a cadaver kidney transplant 8 years ago. She also has had two spinal surgeries to relieve back pain. The surgeries only diminished the pain slightly. It has been 4 years since the last spinal procedure and the pain has become considerably worse. She uses 50mg of norco a day. Would Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) be a better solution to her pain control? Is it safer for the kidney?

I am not an expert in pain control. I don’t know what benefit there might be to using a spinal stimulator. Norco is the brand name for Hydrocodone with acetaminophen. Norco is not harmful to the kidney if used in … Continue reading

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Hi Doctor, I lost my right kidney in 2002 because of cancer. There has not been any problems until now. I was diagnosed with Afib in March of this year, so I started the medications Eliquis, Spironolactone & Amiodarone also Allopurnoil for gout. Had blood work done last week & my Doctor says to stop the spironolactone because my kidney function is getting worse. Is there any way to improve my kidney function. I am 71, stay busy & active & I feel very well at this time. Should I get the heart Doctor to take me off the Amiodarone? He says I have taken it longer than usual but wants me to continue for 4 months. I did cut myself back on the Allopurinol. I can live with the gout but not kidney failure or stroke. Thanks for your time.

I am not able to provide a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present. Atrial fibrillation can cause some decrease in kidney function. I do not know if any of your medications could be associated with your kidney … Continue reading

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Hi, I am 55 years old and was diagnosed with Hyperparathyroidism. I had two thyroid glands removed and feel better. But, I had the disease for 9 years which caused my GFR to be at 59. I am obese at 225 pounds. I also have depression and need to take Anafranil and Seroquel. I have heard these medications are anti-cholinergics and are harmful to the kidneys. Should I be concerned?

Anafranil and Seroquel are medications used to treat psychiatric disorders and are not anti-cholinergic. I suggest that you review your concerns about these drugs with your physician but I am not aware that they cause any kidney problems when properly … Continue reading

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I am 70 years female. My nephrologist informed me that I am in 3rd stage CKD. Can I take Psyllium Husk? Is it safe? Thank you.

Psyllium Husk is a bulk forming laxative and is used for bowel regularity. It should not have any effect on your kidney function. As with all medications that you take, you should also check with your physician to make sure … Continue reading

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Male 72 years. On hypertension medication for last 38 years. Having Renal issues as well for last 2 years. Creatinine level is 1.5. Urine Protein Creatinine level os 0.88. I have some pigmentation problem on face. Doctor prescribed Pycnopene capsules for 2 months. Is it safe to take?

I am unaware of the medication “Pycnopene”. I am not familiar with this medication and am unable to give any advice about this medication.

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I took amoxicillin 500 mg for 7 days. I just want to know, is it going to harm my kidneys?

Amoxicillin is generally used safely in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).

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Hello Dr, I have been urinating too frequently for the past 3 days. I was on nimesulide for 7 days and I stopped two days before this constant urination. I went for urinalysis and they have a mild presence of protein in my urine. What might be the problem?

Nimesulide is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that can decrease kidney function. Once you stopped taking the drug, you could have had a couple of days of increased urination. I am not able to offer a specific diagnosis based on … Continue reading

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My husband has polycystic kidneys. The left one has cancer also. QUESTION Can he have both of the kidneys removed & a family member (if compatible, give him a kidney). We are aware of the criteria for cancerous kidneys concerning transplant. We are talking about not using the donor list.

If the remaining kidney is still working sufficiently, even though it is polycystic, there should be no reason to perform a kidney transplant at this time. Removing a functioning kidney would not be medically indicated. In the case of kidney … Continue reading

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Good morning Doctor, my question is: I had my yearly checkup with my primary doctor. The labs were good but my GFR was 56, albumin was 3.8, and creatinine was 1.02. I am a 53 year old white female. I have medical problems are fibromyalgia and GERD. I am overweight. I exercise 3 times a week but I don’t drink a lot of water. I take Mobic every day for arthritis and Wellbutrin for depression. I don’t know if I should be concerned. Thank you.

The Mobic (meloxicam) that you are taking is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and will have a tendency to decrease kidney function. I suggest that you review your need for this medication with your physician.  I am unable to make … Continue reading

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