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Why is smoking bad for the kidneys?

Why is smoking bad for the kidneys?

Decreased blood flow: Nicotine is a stimulating drug, and can cause blood vessels to constrict, or become smaller. When blood flow to the kidneys is reduced, people can sustain damage to the glomerulus, which is the filter of the kidney. Studies have shown that filtration is less effective in smokers due to decreased blood supply, and they tend to have higher levels of protein/albumin in their urine- like in diabetes. ...Read more

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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If I have a kidney infection, will smoking maijuana mess with my treatment at all, in a bad way I mean?

If I have a kidney infection, will smoking maijuana mess with my treatment at all, in a bad way I mean?

Not a problem: It should not affect your illness or medications in any way, but may not be the best of legal choices depending on where you live. ...Read more

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Will alcohol and smoking affect my kidneys?

Will alcohol and smoking affect my kidneys?

Yes: Tobacco causes vascular, blood vessel, disease all over body i.e. Heart, brain, legs, and kidneys, etc. Excess alcohol hurts the overall circulatory system and liver, both affect kidneys. You get heart & liver failure from heavy use. While moderation in alcohol does not have well documented risk it does not have any benefits for heart or others. How to define moderation? Better quit both. ...Read more

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If I stopped smoking and change my diet should my kidney disease reverse?

If I stopped smoking and change my diet should my kidney disease reverse?

I don't know: The source of your kidney disease is unknown thus it is difficult to comment accurately. That said, I have watched kidney function improve in my office on a regular basis. There are as many ways to approach the problem as there are causes for it. Smoking cessation is a no-brainer. Just stop it: it kills you and your kidneys. Phosphatidyl choline, a nutrient in egg yolks, improves kidney function. ...Read more

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I have one kidney and smoke marijuana every day It is very negative for the kidney smoking marijuana?

I have one kidney and smoke marijuana every day It is very negative for the kidney smoking marijuana?

Bad idea: Smoking (inhaling smoke, which is full of lung irritants and cancer-causing chemicals) of any kind is unhealthy and bad for patients. There is rarely a need for smoking marijuana, but some people want to and like to smoke pot. However, if one's doctor has prescribed weed as a medical treatment, the risks and benefits will have to be compared. ...Read more

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I`m 30 years old and one kidney from 23 years ago and smoke marijuana. It is very negative for the kidney smoking marijuana?

I`m 30 years old and one kidney from 23 years ago and smoke marijuana. It is very negative for the kidney smoking marijuana?

No: We would have found this by now. If you choose to use this familiar recreational intoxicant that makes folks silly, do it safely and don't drive a motor vehicle. This is not the place to discuss public policy, though I am not aware of any serious commentator in the medical community who has supported our draconian laws against cannabis since I started reading in the 1960's. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I experience intermittent kidney pain, particularly when waking before urination in the mornings. I am a 30 year old female, no drinking or smoking.

I experience intermittent kidney pain, particularly when waking before urination in the mornings. I am a 30 year old female, no drinking or smoking.

Kidney: The Morning back discomfort may be of musculoskeletal origin rather than from kidney pathology. To be sure have a physician perform a physical examination with special attention to your spine and flank areas. If there is further concern a urinalysis with a microscopic examination of the urine sediment and an ultrasound of the kidneys and urinary bladder would be sufficient to rule in or out kidney ...Read more

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If I have had a kidney transplant will smoking marijuana harm me or the kidney or lifespan of the kidnry?

If I have had a kidney transplant will smoking marijuana harm me or the kidney or lifespan of the kidnry?

Unlikely: Unlikely, but anything is excess is harmful. And the deleterious effects of tobacco abuse increases the risk of every form of cancer in addition to suppressing the immune system. Keep the mj use to a minimum. ...Read more

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Had kidney transplant can smoking can cigerettes and marijuana hurt my transplanted kidney in anyway or even make it fail on me.

Had kidney transplant can smoking can cigerettes and marijuana hurt my transplanted kidney in anyway or even make it fail on me.

Harms blood vessels: Promotes arteriosclerosis which reduces blood flow to kidneys ; heart which promotes hypertension which in turn damages the kidneys. Of course smoking improves your chances of developing lung cancer which can spread to the kidneys and kill you. Think of the generous kidney donor who has given you life. Transplanted kidneys have enough of a rough time without imposing additional unnecessary risk. ...Read more

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I had a kidney transplant a little over 2yrs now. I want to how can smoking cigarettes and marijuana effect or hurt my kidney in anyway?

I had a kidney transplant a little over 2yrs now. I want to how can smoking cigarettes and marijuana effect or hurt my kidney in anyway?

Absolutely it will: Smoking generates carbon monoxide and other compounds that injury the lining of blood vessels, the endothelium. Patients with kidney transplants are already at risk for endothelial injury based on hypertension, diabetes, and immunosuppressive drugs. The #1 cause of death and kidney loss is related to endothelial cell injury, namely heart attacks and transplant nephropathy. Don't do it! ...Read more

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I gave up smoking 4 months ago after 33 years. I am getting a lot of lower back pain & sharp pain on LH in back of rib cage. Is this detox & kidney?

I gave up smoking 4 months ago after 33 years. I am getting a lot of lower back pain & sharp pain on LH in back of rib cage. Is this detox & kidney?

Congratulations on: Freeing yourself of smoking! Please don't slip back or smoke even one because it leads to the next. See your doc about the back pain which is likely unrelated to smoking cessation. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Severe hypertension after quit smoking & start workout. High homocysteine65+ & low B12.On Concor am 5/5 since 16/5.Kidney alright (CT).Whats causing ht?

Severe hypertension after quit smoking & start workout. High homocysteine65+ & low B12.On Concor am 5/5 since 16/5.Kidney alright (CT).Whats causing ht?

Need more: At your age, the development of hypertension definitely requires in depth evaluation. Unfortunately, a CT scan is not enough to eliminate your kidneys as the culprit. I would suggest a formal consult with an Internal medicine, cardiologist or nephrologist. I hope this helps. The answer is not straight forward, I am sorry. ...Read more

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I have got a womb infection as per doctor without doin any test, is smoking good for me, I get sharp pains in my lower tummy an lower back?

I have got a womb infection as per doctor without doin any test, is smoking good for me, I get sharp pains in my lower tummy an lower back?

No, its not: Endometritis can be diagnosed by physical exam alone, but is usually a serious infection requiring antibiotics. Smoking is never good for you, decreases blood flow, which is not good for either resolving infections or promoting healing. If your doctor did not recommend treatment, make an appointment with another gyn for a second opinion. It is often caused by gonorrhea/chlamydia and is serious. ...Read more

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Is alcohol or soda bad for the kidneys?

Is alcohol or soda bad for the kidneys?

Harm to kidneys...: ...Is of lower degree than harm to brain, liver and stomach from alcohol. ...Read more

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Is taking Tamoxifen bad for the kidneys? She has bad kidney thank you

Is taking Tamoxifen bad for the kidneys? She has bad kidney thank you

No: Without any hx or who she is this answer is a little limited. However, TAMOXIFEN IS NOT KNOWN TO BE TOXIC TO THE KIDNEYS & SHOULD NOT CAUSE RENAL PROBLMES in someone who needs it. There are rare side effects of any medication & Tamoxifen can increase calcium so someone with kidney stones should be monitored. It can also increase blood clotting so someone w a hx of a renal infarct should be careful ...Read more

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Can you tell me is hydrocodone bad for the kidneys?

Can you tell me is hydrocodone bad for the kidneys?

Kidney: No. Hydrocodone isn't bad for the kidney it, if your kidneys don't function properly, hydrocodone will remain in the body. ...Read more

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Why is Zoloft (sertraline) so bad for the kidneys?

Why is Zoloft (sertraline) so bad for the kidneys?

No direct toxicity: Zoloft (sertraline) is primarily metabolized by the liver and there is no direct toxicity reported. ...Read more

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Which OTC NSAIDS are bad for the kidneys and which are bad for the liver?

Which OTC NSAIDS are bad for the kidneys and which are bad for the liver?

Drugs: Tylenol (acetaminophen) may be bad for your liver but all the NSAIDS may be bad for your kidneys, if abused ...Read more

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My doctor told me not to take Tylenol (acetaminophen) due to decreased kidney function. Is Tylenol (acetaminophen) really bad for the kidneys?

My doctor told me not to take Tylenol (acetaminophen) due to decreased kidney function. Is Tylenol (acetaminophen) really bad for the kidneys?

No: Tylenol (acetaminophen) is metabolized entirely by the liver. NSAIDS (like ibuprofen or naprosyn) are damaging to the kidney. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is safe, provided you don't exceed 3 grams per day or so. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How bad is Smoking?

How bad is Smoking?

Very dangerous.: There's nothing good about cigarette smoking. There are about 42 carcinogens in cigarettes, along with various toxins. Cancer, heart disease, lung disease. Very bad habit to pick up. ...Read more

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Is smoking really bad?

Is smoking really bad?

Smoking is bad.: It causes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and lung cancer, besides possibility of mouth and esophageal cancer. It contributes to poor healing, foul odor, osteoporosis etc. ...Read more

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What causes bad kidney functioning?

What causes bad kidney functioning?

Lots of things: Hypertension, medication, age, trauma, auto immune diseases and many other things. If you are having an issue with your kidneys, then it's time to call your family doctor. ...Read more

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I have bad pans by my kidney, what could that be?

I have bad pans by my kidney, what could that be?

Many causes.: If indeed it is your kidney that is causing the pain, it can be due to infections, stones, tumors of the urinary tract, blood clot, spontaneous bleed, to name a few. First thing is to see your pcp to determine if pain is indeed from the kidney, you may need a referral to see a urologist. ...Read more

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Is using weed as an edible, just as bad as smoking?

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Is using weed as an edible, just as bad as smoking?

More Dangerous: With edibles, it takes longer to feel the effects and people get impatient for the euphoric effect and will take more, and then the symptoms are more pronounced than what they were expecting. Stay clean and sober. ...Read more

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Is soda bad for kidneys?

Maybe bad, never good: Sodas have a high acid content can make it easier for kidney stones to form. If you are drinking little water, eating lots of acidic foods, drinking soda on top of that can cause kidney stone formation, which can lead to pain and obstruction of the kidneys. Drinking soda (esp. Regular, but even diet) is never good for you. Limit consumption if possible. Moderation and balance are key! ...Read more

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Is hookah bad for kidneys?

Is hookah bad for kidneys?

Like ciggarettes: Hookah pipes do not filter out nicotine or other 'poisons' in tobacco. Thus can contribute to areriosclerosis which can laed to reduced kiney blood flow ; cause renal hypertension. Nicotine tends to cause arerial blood spasm causing temporary reduction in kidney blood flow. Hookah smaoke remains in body longer than ciggarette smoke. ...Read more