Top 16 Drugs That Cause Kidney Damage: Please Share For Awareness

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

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10. Chemotherapy Drugs

Including: interferons, pamidronate, cisplatin, carboplatin, cyclosporine, tacrolimus, quinine, mitomycin C, bevacizumab, cisplatin, carboplatin, and methotrexate.


11. Osteoporosis And Hypercalcemia Medication

Including: Zoledronic acid including Reclast, and Zometa.

12. Prescription And Over-The-Counter Laxatives

Including: sodium phosphate (OSP) products like Visicol and OsmoPrep.


13. Hyperthyroidism Drugs

Including: propylthiouracil

14. Contrast Dye

Including: dyes used in MRIs and CT-scans.

15. Ulcer Medicines

Including: cimetidine and more.


16. Illegal Drugs

Including: Cocaine, heroin, and amphetamines.

Bonus: Alcohol

Alcoholics have a high risk of developing both kidney and liver failure, so enjoy a drink in moderation or forgo it completely. Chemicals including insecticides, herbicides, and ethylene glycol can also cause acute kidney injury.

Other Risks

Acute kidney failure can lead to unpleasant problems including (6):

  • Shortness of breath, caused by fluid buildup in the lungs
  • Chest pain, caused by inflammation of the lining that covers your heart (pericardium).
  • Muscle weakness, caused by electrolyte imbalance
  • Permanent kidney damage, requiring either permanent dialysis or kidney transplant for survival.
  • Death

Other organs are also affected by prescriptions, including your liver, which detoxifies chemicals and metabolizes drugs (7).