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How can I lower my creatinine and bun levels?

How can I lower my creatinine and bun levels?

Only if due to : Dehydration. If the elevation is due to dehydration you may lower it by drinking water. However, in almost all instances elevated BUN and especially creatinine. Warrant seeing your doctor asap. ...Read more

Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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My creatinine level and bun are normal. My GFR is lower than last year (50). I am caucasian. Should I be concerned about kidney function? Thanks.

My creatinine level and bun are normal.  My GFR is lower than last year (50).  I am caucasian.  Should I be concerned about kidney function?  Thanks.

Low GFR: GFR below 60 for > 3 months may be an indication of chronic kidney disease. As cardiovascular factors (blood pressure, glucose, lipids) are a major cause of kidney disease, these should be controlled. GFR also reduces with age. ...Read more

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If i was taking 200mg of spironolactone when I have my lab work done, would that affect the bun and creatinine level? Would it make it higher or lower

Likely no effect,,,: This is a potassium sparing diuretic and is a weak diuretic other than this function. This and other diuretics should not have an effect on BUN and creatinine as these are based on amounts in the blood and creatinine is recovered by the kidney and so depend on renal function. Good luck. ...Read more

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What does it mean if both bun & creatinine levels are good, but the ratio is high?

What does it mean if both bun & creatinine levels are good, but the ratio is high?

Actual values: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, if both creatinine and BUN are normal you do not need to worry about the ratio. ...Read more

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What does it mean if both bun & creatinine levels are good, but the ratio is high?

Need numbers: It would help to have the actual numbers. The doctor who ordered these tests would be in a better position to advise as s/he knows your health status. ...Read more

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Which pharmacokinetic process would be affected by elevated creatinine and bun levels?

Depends on drug: Many drugs are excreted by the kidneys and doses of those drugs need to be adjusted in people with elevated BUN/Cr. ...Read more

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I have a high bun/ creatinine level (28) and a low creatinine level (0.5) . Should I be concerned or do something?

BUN/Creat Ratio: I personally would not worry about it since the high ratio is due to a slightly elevated BUN. This might be due to a diet high in non-essential amino acids (nothing to truly be concerned about) or a mild lack of water intake. If you are still concerned, please see your primary doctor and go over all of that with her/him. ...Read more

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Im 27 m,My creatinine is 0.92 six month back now its 1.02 & bun is 7.9 to 6.1 now why creatinine increase & bun decrease is it normally they fluctuate?

Im 27 m,My creatinine is 0.92 six month back now its 1.02 & bun is 7.9 to 6.1 now why creatinine increase & bun decrease is it normally they fluctuate?

They fluctuate: Especially if you put on a some muscle. When I was lifting weights every day, my creatinine ran 1.6-1.8. BUN goes up if you eat a steak. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter meds affect creatinine and bun levels?

Painkillers: Specifically, non steroidal (nsaids) can sometimes affect renal function and increase your BUN and creatinine levels. ...Read more

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What's a way to decrease high bun and creatinine in my blood?

Get it evaluated: First of all, determine the cause and treat that. These values are usually high because of a reduction in kidney function or dehydration. See a kidney specialist (nephrologist). ...Read more

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What does it mean low creatinine levels and high bun creatinine ratio?

Muscle mass: Serum levels of creatinine depend on renal function, muscle mass and intake of muscles foods. A low creatinine level is of no consequence as long as you are not emaciated. Paralyzed, or have extensive amputations. High ratio just reflects low creatinine. ...Read more

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I have Creatinine level of 1.2, normal BUN, GFR of 56, I'm 31, prolacton level of 82. Any suggestions?

Um, those are: not necessarily abnormal. Prolactin has more significance if it is sky high (it isn't). The others at most would probalby indicate a bit of dehydration. ...Read more

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What does it mean if your creatinine level is too high 1.16 and your bun/creatinine ratio is very low at a 5?

Why do you ask?: Labs mean nothing in the absence of a clinical history. You might be a vegan bodybuilder. When I was lifting weights every day, my creatinine ran 1.6-1.8. The fellow-pathologists with whom I've discussed it think that reports generated by labs are causing overdiagnosis of renal disease (it's subscience -- "there's an adjustment for race because black people are more muscular.") ...Read more

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BUN is 4, bilirubin is 1.25, and creatinine is .77. Is my BUN too low? It has consistently been lower than normal.

BUN is 4, bilirubin is 1.25, and creatinine is .77. Is my BUN too low? It has consistently been lower than normal.

Do not worry: You cannot have too low a BUN. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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What is a bun/creatinine ratio? How is it calculated and if mine is 22 but my other levels are fine what should I do?

What are the actual: Numbers? BUN number divided by creatinine number. Normal range is 10-20. 22 may not be abnormal if individual levels of BUN and creatinine are normal. Discuss the numbers with your doctor at the next visit. ...Read more

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Healthy 35 yr old female w B/C ratio elevated at 23 with normal Bun and creatinine level of 16 (ref range 7-18) and 0.7. I did not drink much that day?

Healthy 35 yr old female w B/C ratio elevated at 23 with normal Bun and creatinine level of 16 (ref range 7-18) and 0.7. I did not drink much that day?

Tests, tests, tests: Tests results always have to be interpreted in a context. When they measure the temperature of the winner of the Boston Marathon 2 yrs ago it was over106 F. Was he very ill? NO! He had been using his bodies muscles at full output for over 2 hrs straight. The heat generated raised his body temp a lot and he soon cooled off. You hv to talk with yr doc or make a virtual consult. ...Read more

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Why is bun, creatinine, and electrolyte levels ordered on someone with ards?

Sick patient: When a patient has ards, thje patient is very sick. Thus other organs can get damaged including the kidney. BUN and creatinine are makers of kidney injury and your doctors are going to monitor its function routinely. The electrolytes are also changing and need to be corrected routinely. ...Read more

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31 white female, 1.2 creatinine level, normal BUN, 82 Prolaction level, 56 GFR should I be concerned?

31 white female, 1.2 creatinine level, normal BUN, 82 Prolaction level, 56 GFR should I be concerned?

Prolactin and kidney: Hi. Those are two unrelated conditions. Serum prolactin (PRL) can accumulate in chronic kidney disease (CKD), but your CKD is way too mild to cause that. Ergo, you have hyperprolactinemia. Do you have amenorrhea and galactorrhea? If not, the PRL may be a red herring, and macroprolactinemia should be tested for. Why you fall into the category of Stage 4 CKD is unknown to us. So, eval. PRL and CKD ...Read more

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Would losing 12 pounds on an already petite woman and dramatically decreasing protein cause BUN creatinine level to drop from 15 to 6 in 3 months?

Loss of muscle mass: In addition to losing fat, you are losing muscle mass and that is reflected in the drop in creatinine. You may wish to increase your protein intake and exercise. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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