• mrsmac17 mrsmac17
    September 11, 2008
    Do antiinflamitories really cause kidney damage?
    mrsmac17 mrsmac17
    September 11, 2008

    I go to pain management and they keep trying to give me antiinflamitories and I have been told by my nephrologist that they will harm the kidney function.  Why am I able to take pain medication like vicodin but not antiinflamitories?

    READ MORE

FROM OUR EXPERTS

  • Christina Lasich, MD
    Health Pro
    September 11, 2008
    Christina Lasich, MD
    Health Pro
    September 11, 2008

    That's right anti-inflammatory medications (NSAID's) can cause kidney damage. Because you have reason to see a nephrologist (kidney specialist), you must have some type of kidney condition that would put you at even greater risk of acute renal failure due to the use of NSAID's. Listen to your nephrologist.

     

    Vicodin has both hydrocodone and Tylenol. Doctors are mostly worried about liver toxicity when prescribing this drug. BUT, anyone with renal disease (renal insufficiency) might need a lower dose of Vicodin because the kidneys help to clear Vicodin out of your body. The dose is adjusted according to your Creatinine Clearance. So, this would be a good topic to discuss with your nephrologist.

     

    Please read more information about NSAID Myths at http://www.healthcentral.com/chronic-pain/c/23153/37942/inflammatory

     

    Dr. Christina Lasich, MD


FROM OUR COMMUNITY

  • starhawk September 11, 2008
    starhawk
    September 11, 2008

    Read the excellent article on this site about NSAIDS and myths about them.  But yes, in answer to your question they can harm your kidneys.  I lost a friend a few years ago due to kidney problems, he'd had both removed and had other severe problems, and I know that he could not take any antiinflamitories.

     

    To your Health!

    READ MORE
  • sylvia montague September 13, 2008
    sylvia montague
    September 13, 2008

    i'm not sure.

    READ MORE
You should know Answers to your question are meant to provide general health information but should not replace medical advice you receive from a doctor. No answers should be viewed as a diagnosis or recommended treatment for a condition. Content posted by community members does not necessarily reflect the views of Remedy Health Media, which also reserves the right to remove material deemed inappropriate.