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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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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

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Creatinine (Definition)

It is a byproduct of creatine phosphate which is present in muscles. Levels are increased ...Read more


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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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Dr. Joseph Woods
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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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Dr. Fred McCurdy
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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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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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Husbands blood creatinine level is 1.18, reference range is ( 0.50-1.20 mg/dl). Bun/cre ratio is 11.0, range is (10-20 ). Is there anything to be concerned about here?

Husbands blood creatinine level is 1.18,  reference range is ( 0.50-1.20 mg/dl).  Bun/cre ratio is 11.0, range is (10-20 ). Is there anything to be concerned about here?

No Need to Worry: Blood creatinine and bun/cre ratio are measures of kidney function and fluid balance in the body. These numbers are well within range of normal. Of course you should speak with your physician if you have concerns. Clinical correlation to any disorders is the key. If your husband is well, then there is no need to worry. The kidneys are working fine. ...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 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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