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What can one take instead aleve (naproxen). If it affects your kidney?

What can one take instead aleve (naproxen). If it affects your kidney?

Tylenol (acetaminophen): Tylenol (acetaminophen) or acetominophen can be a safer drug for older patients to take. If you have liver disease or drink heavily you should check with your doctor first as it can affect the liver in high doses or in certain conditions.

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Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


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Kidney doc said not to use aleve, (naproxen) etc due to creative level of 1.19. What do I use for pain? Hurting a lot, joints and muscles.

Kidney doc said not to use aleve, (naproxen) etc due to creative level of 1.19. What do I use for pain? Hurting a lot, joints and muscles.

Acetaminophen: In general non steroidal anti inflamatories are nephrotoxic drugs, for that reason Acetaminophen is a better option to treat pain as this medication is metabolized through the liver and not through the kidneys.

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Dec 2011 I overdosed on 17 Aleve (naproxen) pills. I got pregnant in july 2012 and I got hydronephrosis in my left kidney. Symptoms were gross hematuria on august 2012. Could the pills have caused this?

No: Hydronephrosis is common during pregnancy, more on the right than left. Could also be due to a kidney stone if there is associated pain. If you have continued to take aleve (naproxen) or another pain medication, you could have bleeding from your kidney from that. Sometimes a clot in the ureter tube could cause pain and hydronephrosis as well.

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Medicine for kidney damage?

Medicine for kidney damage?

Not exactly: The main idea is to prevent damage to kidneys from medicines and other causes. However, medicines are used to treat a specific cause. So, depending on cause we choose medicine. No medicine can be given a blanket statement of being good for kidney function. Not even drinking lots of water. Even liberal water could cause overload problems in patients with kidney, liver, or heart disease.

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Is kidney damage reversible?

Is kidney damage reversible?

See below: There are many causes of kidney damage/injury. Some are reversible and some are not. If its an allergic reaction to a medication, this injury is generally reversible. If its damage to the kidney from a disease called diabetic nephropathy, it may be progressive injury and irreversible.

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What things cause kidney damage?

What things cause kidney damage?

Many possible causes: Medical conditions such as diabetes, long-standing hypertension, glomerulonephritis--i.e. inflammation of the filtering units of the kidneys often leads to kidney damage. Certain medications (e.g. anti-inflammatory meds, certain antibiotics (aminoglycosides), certain chemicals, prolonged obstruction of urine flow and prolonged dehydration or poor blood flow can cause kidney damage as well.

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What are some signs of kidney damage?

Kidney damage signs: There are two simple tests to see if you have kidney problems. One is an urine analysis. If you have protein or red blood cells in your urine, there may be a problem with your kidneys. The other way is to have a blood test to see what the BUN and creatinine levels are. If they are elevated, you should see a nephrologist to find out why and what can be done about it. Goo luck.

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What symptoms would I have if kidney damage?

What symptoms would I have if kidney damage?

See below: Depends on the extent of damage and calculation of gfr. If GFR is lesss than 10 you may need dialysis.Anything above that value, may produce symptoms of fatigue, anorexia, nausea. Other signs as kidneys fail include anemia, bone damage, high blood pressure, and acid build up in blood. These usually occur in stages. Bone "damage" andanemia can occur below 40-50 gfr. Other symptoms generally below 20.

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What symptoms would I have from kidney damage?

What symptoms would I have from kidney damage?

Varies widely.: The symptoms & signs of kidney failure vary widely. It depends on the degree of kidney underfunction, the onset, the cause, & the duration. If gradual, there may be no initial symptoms. Sometimes there is blood in the urine & flank pain. Ultimately, hypertension, swelling & uremia results: anorexia, nausea, vomiting, pericarditis, peripheral neuropathy, and central nervous system abnormalities.

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What are the symptoms and signs of kidney damage?

What are the symptoms and signs of kidney damage?

Good question: You should be concerned and seek medical help if you have diminished urine output, you are swelling and gaining weight, you have headaches due to high blood pressure, visual changes, have blood in the urine or difficulty urinating, foul smelling urine, pain in your sides etc. The list is longer, but these are the most common symptoms.

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Does protein overdose cause kidney damage?

Should not: Ingestion of large amounts of protein (for example protein supplements) should not have any deleterious effects on kidney function if you have normal kidneys. Proteins are broken down and then removed through the kidneys. Therefore, high protein diets tend to make the kidneys work harder and should be avoided in patients with preexisting kidney disease.

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Can drinking a lot of water reverse kidney damage?

No: Not real-true kidney damage. If your BUN and creatinine were just a little high because you got dehydrated, you'll get them back to normal immediately if you drink adequate water. You'll also want to stay well-hydrated if you take medicines such as ibuprofen, as otherwise the kidneys can shut down temporarily. Best wishes.

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Will contrast isovue cause kidney damage or failure?

Will contrast isovue cause kidney damage or failure?

Probably not: Two of the best, most rigorously conducted and analyzed studies done in the last few years came to nearly identical conclusions: with normal kidney fxn to begin with modern iodine contrast agents used properly do not result in more kidney problems than is seen in the general population of patients who have medical imaging. In severe kidney disease pts some caution is still needed.

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How does one urinalysis determine kidney damage/disease?

How does one urinalysis determine kidney damage/disease?

Kidney disease: If one's urinalysis (U) shows protein (P), blood (B) or red blood cell casts (R), one may have kidney disease. If P is found, a 24 hour urine collection for creatinine clearance and protein needs to be done, along with blood work. If one has R, work up for a glomerulonephritis needs to be be done. If one has B, one needs to have a UTI ruled out and it is, a urologist needs to be consulted.

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Has anyone suffered major kidney damage through an infection?

Has anyone suffered major kidney damage through an infection?

Yes: A severe blood infection can cause damage to multiple organs including the kidney. The kidney damage is often caused by low blood pressure, and is typically temporary and improves after the infection is treated. But with severe infection, or prolonged low blood pressure, subsequent damage to the kidney may be permanent, or severe, requiring dialysis.

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What kind of treatment would you have to go through to heal your kidney damage?

What kind of treatment would you have to go through to heal your kidney damage?

Time, supportive med: If kidney disease is reversible then the diagnosis will guide the therapy, for example, contrast nephropathy resolves over time, lupus required steroids and immunosuppresion. Diabetics require glucose control, hypertension control and ace inhibitors. This all requires support of the patient with dialysis if needed while healing. Call your doctor to discuss.

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Dr. Patrick Sweet III
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