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Safe Pain Medicines for Kidney Disease Patients

Safe Pain Medicines for Kidney Disease PatientsFor kidney disease patients, it may be quite common for them to take pain medicines. With OTC(over-the-counter) drugs being prevalent in daily life, many patients even buy pain medicines themselves without doctors’ prescription. Are you sure what you take are safe for you? How much do you know about pain medicines for kidney disease?

Five kinds of pain medicines

1. NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs): Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Indometacin, Acetaminophen, Phenylbutazone, Rofecoxib, Relecoxib, etc. NSAIDs have a moderate function and non-addictive. They are widely used for common pains caused by cold, fever or tiredness.

2. Central painkillers: It is represented by Tramadol, which has a stronger effect than NSAIDs. It is usually used to treat moderate and acute pain or postoperation pain.

3. Narcotic analgesic agent: Morphine, Dolantin.

4. Spasmolysis pain medicines: Atropine, Belladonna.

5. Anti-anxiety painkillers: Diazepam

Safe pain medicines for kidney disease patients


Most of kidney disease patients take this medicine. Moderate amounts(75~300mg per day) have no harm on kidney function. Large dose of aspirin(>4g/d) will damage kidney function. However, that bad condition is reversible when patients stop taking aspirin. It has been proved that aspirin is obviously good for CKD patients with high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. For renal transplant patients, aspirin can protect the kidneys through inhibiting the formation of thrombus.

However, the side effects should not be ignored. Patients should be careful about potential stomach bleeding or ulcers. More over, if their lives are compromised, even aspirin could be off the table as a painkiller.


It may be the only relatively safe painkiller if the patient can’t tolerate aspirin. Its metabolism happens in live, which will do little harm on the kidneys. Drinking alcohol while taking this drug is forbidden. Meanwhile, kidney patients should take it under a pharmacist’s direction.

Chinese medicine

Both aspirin and acetaminophen are chemical drugs. Besides them, Chinese medicine is a better choice for its natural ingredients. In addition, Chinese therapies, such as massage and acupuncture, are also helpful.

If you are suffering from pain due to kidney disease, you can consult our doctors by emailing to

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