NSAIDS and Your Kidneys
What are NSAIDs?
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) are part of a medication class that works to reduce inflammation, redness, swelling, pain, and fever.
Why are NSAIDs bad for the kidneys?
NSAIDs can cause the blood vessels to narrow as a result of reducing inflammation and swelling. This can cause an increase in blood pressure, damage the kidney tissue and structures, as well as reduce the flood flow to the kidneys. Over time, this can end up damaging the kidneys. Additionally, as you age, these drugs may have a stronger effect and doses may need to be reduced.
I have chronic kidney disease. What pain medication can I take?
Please consult with your nephrologist before starting any new pain medications or if you have questions regarding your prescriptions. As always, stay safe!
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