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What role does kidney play in filtering pills?

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Dr. John Hammes
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis

In brief: Depends on Pill

Some medicines are metabolized (cleared/detoxified) by the liver. Others are filtered and excreted (removed) by the kidney.
Still others are metabolized by the liver and then excreted by kidneys. In kidney failure, some medicines will build up to dangerous levels and should not be used. Others can be used but dose must be reduced.

In brief: Depends on Pill

Some medicines are metabolized (cleared/detoxified) by the liver. Others are filtered and excreted (removed) by the kidney.
Still others are metabolized by the liver and then excreted by kidneys. In kidney failure, some medicines will build up to dangerous levels and should not be used. Others can be used but dose must be reduced.
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