Kidney and urinary tract problems

Chronic kidney disease

(CKD)

About Chronic kidney disease

You have two kidneys, each about the size of your fist. Their main job is to filter wastes and excess water out of your blood to make urine. They also keep the body's chemical balance, help control blood pressure, and make hormones.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) means that your kidneys are damaged and can't filter blood as they should. This damage can cause wastes to build up in your body. It can also cause other problems that can harm your health. Diabetes and high blood pressure are the most common causes of CKD.

Treatment may include medicines to lower blood pressure, control blood glucose, and lower blood cholesterol. CKD can get worse over time. CKD may lead to kidney failure. The only treatment options for kidney failure are dialysis or a kidney transplantation.

You can take steps to keep your kidneys healthier longer:

  • Choose foods with less salt (sodium)
  • Keep your blood pressure below 130/80
  • Keep your blood glucose in the target range, if you have diabetes

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

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All Medications for Chronic kidney disease

  • Antihypertensive > Calcium channel blocker

    • Calan
      (Verapamil)
      Prescription only

      Verapamil works well to lower blood pressure and prevent chest pain, but you have to be okay with avoiding alcohol. You can't miss doses, and you might get persistent swelling.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Delayed release capsule
    • Norvasc
      (Amlodipine)
      Prescription only

      Norvasc (Amlodipine) works well to lower blood pressure and prevent chest pain. You can't miss doses, and you might get persistent swelling.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
  • Antihypertensive > ACE inhibitor

  • Antihypertensive > Diuretic

  • Antihypertensive > Angiotensin receptor blocker

    • Losartan
      Prescription only

      Cozaar (Losartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function like an ACE inhibitor, but with fewer side effects.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
    • Micardis
      (Telmisartan)
      Prescription only

      Micardis (Telmisartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function just like ACE inhibitors, but has fewer side effects.

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  • Calcium channel blocker > Dihydropyridine

    • Lotrel
      (Amlodipine / Benazepril)
      Prescription only

      Lotrel (Amlodipine / Benazepril) is good because it combines two first-line medications to lower blood pressure, and it's available in generic. However, it can cause throat irritation or a dry cough, and you can't stop it suddenly since it can cause your blood pressure to rise.

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ACE inhibitor

  • Lotrel
    (Amlodipine / Benazepril)
    Prescription only

    Lotrel (Amlodipine / Benazepril) is good because it combines two first-line medications to lower blood pressure, and it's available in generic. However, it can cause throat irritation or a dry cough, and you can't stop it suddenly since it can cause your blood pressure to rise.

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  • Cholesterol-lowering > Statin

    • Pravastatin
      Prescription only

      Pravachol (Pravastatin) can improve cholesterol, but it's not as strong as other statin medicines. Statin side effects can be difficult to deal with, but the benefits might outweigh the risks.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Chronic kidney disease

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?

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What’s your best coping strategy?
  • Some people keep a journal to be able to vent their feeling. I write in mine sometimes.
Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • The only medicine I take is lisinpril to open my blood vessels.