3. Avoid Self-Medication
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and naproxen sodium might be able to keep pain away all day long, but they do it at a cost.
Recent analysis of NSAID use indicates that over self-medication through over the counter pain relievers is a critical risk factor for developing kidney disease.
The study noted that you don’t even have to overuse NSAIDs to be at risk for the dangerous interactions they cause.
The study concluded that “approximately 1-3% of persons exposed to an NSAID will manifest one of a variety of renal functional abnormalities typically requiring physician intervention.”
4. Be Careful of Over-the-Counter Remedies if You Have Kidney Problems
If you are going to use over-the-counter drugs you need to know what the potential side effects are. This includes herbal remedies.
Sometimes, even when you consult with a doctor, over-the-counter treatments result in kidney problems if you already have kidney disease.
One recent study raised concerns about store bought medications and their interaction with kidney function.
If you know you have kidney problems, you should avoid taking anything until you consult with your doctor.