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Can Painkillers Cause Kidney Damage

Can Painkillers Cause Kidney DamageWill painkillers cause kidney damage? Painkillers are also called analgesics that are often used to reduce fever, alleviate pain and inhibit inflammation. If kidney disease patients need to take these medications, they must want to know whether they will affect their kidney function.

When do kidney disease patients need to take painkillers?

Kidneys are great excretory organs that are in charge of cleansing the blood, producing urine, keeping the internal environment balance. However, when kidneys are damaged, the internal body system will be disturbed. Then, kidney pain, fever, cold, arthritis, gout, headache, and other symptoms occur easily. To alleviate these symptoms, patients may want to take painkillers.

Will painkillers damage kidneys?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes. If patients are suffering from chronic kidney disease, long-term use or overdose of painkillers or analgesics are more likely to reduce the blood flow into kidneys. This can speed up the progression of chronic kidney disease or even induce acute kidney failure. For general population, the misuse of painkillers may also harm normal kidneys, resulting in chronic interstitial nephritis.

At present, ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin, NSAIDs and many other painkillers are claimed to have kidney damage if used regularly or overdose.

What painkillers are safe to use for kidney disease patients?

Acetaminophen is one medication choice that can be used by kidney disease patients occasionally. However, if patients want to take it habitually, this should be supervised by nephrologists tightly. If not, a series of side effects or even kidney damage will appear without any expectation.

In summary

For kidney patients, they can’t depend on painkillers to manage their problems, and the detailed managements should be made based on the underlying cause. If you want to know more about treatment options to protect your kidneys and relieve your discomforts without side effects, you can email to or leave a message below.

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