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Does diabetic medication affect the kidneys?
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Almost all medications of any kind can affect either the liver or kidneys in large doses and/or long-term use.
Several diabetic medications do affect the kidneys, the most notable being metformin (glucophage). That is not to say these drugs should not be used for diabetes or you cannot use them if you have kidney disease - simply that frequent monitoring of your kidney function is necessary.

In brief: Yes
Almost all medications of any kind can affect either the liver or kidneys in large doses and/or long-term use.
Several diabetic medications do affect the kidneys, the most notable being metformin (glucophage). That is not to say these drugs should not be used for diabetes or you cannot use them if you have kidney disease - simply that frequent monitoring of your kidney function is necessary.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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2 comments
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Sure runnergirl. Anytime. Kidney disease is a common problem with diabetes so it's important to make sure his doctor is checking his kidney function regularly, that he knows all of his medications, and that your father understands the importance of diabetes control and monitoring the progress of his kidney function, whether good or bad.
Dr. Edwin Jacobson
be very careful of NSIDS like Advil and others
Dr. Andrew Rhinehart
Internal Medicine - Diabetology
In brief: Dose adjustment
A confusing situation.
Diabetes medications don't damage the kidneys but instead it is a situation of dose adjustment. When people have kidney disease, most often from diabetes, high blood pressure, and age, it is necessary to either lower medication doses or in some cases stop them all together as the kidneys excrete the medications from the body and a lower dose is needed with reduced function.

In brief: Dose adjustment
A confusing situation.
Diabetes medications don't damage the kidneys but instead it is a situation of dose adjustment. When people have kidney disease, most often from diabetes, high blood pressure, and age, it is necessary to either lower medication doses or in some cases stop them all together as the kidneys excrete the medications from the body and a lower dose is needed with reduced function.
Dr. Andrew Rhinehart
Dr. Andrew Rhinehart
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