Doctors prescribe us medications for almost anything, but people don’t understand that these drugs can have serious side-effects on our health. Prescribed meds are especially bad for the kidneys, one of our most important organs. If they do damage the kidneys, the organ will fail to work properly, resulting in serious health problems. Here’s a list of medications that can do considerable damage to the kidneys:
NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), acetaminophen, naproxen, ibuprofen, aspirin.
Vancomycin, methicillin, ciprofloxacin, sulfonamides.
All of the drugs from the proton pump inhibitor class such as rabeprazole, napronazole, esomeprazole, pantoprazole, omeprazole.
High blood pressure drugs
Captopril (brand name Capoten).
Recently, two types of COX-2 inhibitors have been withdrawn from the market as they have been found damaging to the cardiovascular system. These drugs are rofecoxib and valdecoxib, which were invented as a special type of NSAIDs that won’t damage the stomach. However, like all NSAIDs, they damage the liver.
Acyclovir, indinavir and tenofivir (often given to HIV patients).
Rheumatoid arthritis medications
Chloroquine, hydrochloroquine and infliximab, which are given for rheumatoid arthritis as well as systemic lupus erythematosus.
Trimethadione and phenytoin, often used to treat seizures.
Tacrolimus, carboplatin, pamidronate, interferons, mitomycin C, quinine, bevacizumab, cyclosporine and some anti-thyroid drugs such as propylthiouracil can severely damage your kidneys.
Finally, lithium, which is used to treat bipolar disorders can also damage your kidneys.