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Do Diuretics 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. ...Read more
By strict definition, a diuretic is any medicine causing increased urination. More practically, a diuretic is a medicine causing the kidney to secrete excess fluid by blocking the re-absorption of either water itself or electrolytes like sodium (primarily), potassium, chloride and bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). These medicines are effective treatments for many disorders including ...Read more
What are classic early signs of kidney damage and what are common causes of kidney damage leading to failure?
Signs of kidney dama: There are no classic signs of kidney damage, kidney damage can occur silently. Recurrent uti's, specially pyelonephritis can lead to chronic kidney damage, long standing obstruction of the urinary tract, urinary reflux into the kidneys, congenital and hereditary abnormalities like polycystic kidneys, congenital obstruction (upj), glomerulonephritis. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
I've seen online and heard from a few people that Metformin causes kidney damage. Is this true? Do I have anything to worry about years from now?
How do acute, short-term drops in BP cause kidney damage and/or failure? What should I watch for? Occurred multiple times after ich/hydrocephalus.
It's because...: The elderly with multiple medical conditions such as poor kidney function, hypertension, diabetes, etc. Tend to be more vulnerable to sudden BP drop resulting in further kidney damage by poor circulation and ischemia of kidneys. But its degree may vary and be unpredictable. For the time being, try not standing up quickly, keep up more adaptable exercise, and adjust medication... Talk with doctors. ...Read more
My baby (8.5lbs) was rxed 3ml Zantac (ranitidine) 2x/day at 6 weeks. Is that too much? We have been on it for 10 days. I'm worried it'll cause kidney damage.
Reflux: I depends on the concentration of the medicine. Usually zantac (ranitidine) liquid is dispensed as 15 mg in 1 ml. If your baby weights 8.5 lbs, the dose should be more around 1 ml twice a day but you should check with your doctor to verify the correct dosing. If the baby is not getting better, you may want to visit a gastroenterologist (GI) specialist. ...Read more
All idodinated contrast agents used for radiographs can cause kidney injury. The risk is proportional to your level of renal function and they should be avoided if kidney function is impaired.
If it is absolutely necessary to use them special preparations to reduce the risk can be taken. ...Read more
Stones: It really depends on where the stone is. Some stones last for years and never cause any issues. Others, especially those that obstruct the ureters, can cause blockage to the outflow of urine and result in kidney damage. It can start causing scaring of the kidney in a few weeks. If both ureters are blocked, you can go into acute renal failure in a few days (usually temporary). ...Read more
Maybe: Pseudomonas germs can produce significant injury to the kidneys & urinary tract. It is not a common finding even among kids who get a uti. It often shows up in kids who have been on multiple meds & can come from the intestines. Good monitoring going forward can minimize your child's risks. ...Read more
Rarely: The biggest problem with an overdose of Coumadin (warfarin) is the blood being too thin and you being at high risk for bleeding. There are a few cases (rarely) where patients have had hemorrhage (bleeding) in their kidneys from high Coumadin (warfarin) levels causing kidney damage. ...Read more
I heard supplements cause kidney damage? I am taking "Glucomannan" supplements. Is this safe for my kidney?
Glucomannan.: Not one knows but remember they can and do put what every they want in any supplement. Lead, mercury licorice. All of which can damage your kidney. ...Read more
Very unlikely: Contrast can damage the kidney, but that is usually an issue with a person with kidney disease. If your kidneys are healthy the contrast is not likely to harm them. ...Read more
My 82 year old grandmother was taking a medicine in which caused kidney damage an now her heart is off rhythm what should we expect?
Depends: It would depend on what you mean by her heart is off rhythm. If it's sinus arrhytmia, infrequent premature atrial or ventricular complexes, and she has no symptoms nothing needs to be done. But if she has atrial fibrillation, she may need to be put on meds to control heart rate, to prevent stroke, and possbly control rhythm. If she is passing out due to sick sinus syndrome, a pacemaker is needed. ...Read more
Can chronic psychogenic polydipsia cause irreversible kidney damage? Any specific type of damage? Will fluid restrictions resolve damage?
No. No. yes: No. No. Yes.Get a more detailed answer ›
High sugars damage:
Tissues in these and other organ's
look up brownlee's unified theory of diabetic complications. ...Read more
HIV med/liver damage:
Yes; different regimens/medications carry different risks/side effects, but in general there is an association with these classes of medications and liver/renal dysfunction.
They should be taken only as directed and their use should be monitored with the ppropriate lab tests recommended. ...Read more
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
Kidney damage is a condition that may be due to damage to the blood vessels connected to the kidney or injuries from causes such as tumors and certain medications. Symptoms may include blood in the urine, an inability to urinate, and pain in the back of the upper abdomen on either ...Read more
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