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Is Ibuprofen Associated With Kidney Damage

2012-11-29 08:27

Is Ibuprofen Associated With Kidney DamageEver wonder why your doctor doesn’t ever suggest you to take ibuprofen (a kind of medicine of NSAIDS) if you have a transplant or some underlying kidney problems? Not just this medication, but many other drugs of NSAIDS should be avoided in patients with kidney damage. If you aren’t a patient with kidney disease, then you might not know why meaning not all of people got the message.

Ibuprofen is used to relieve pain and works for anti-inflammation. Originally, the medication is adopted to treat arthritis, severe toothache pain, fever, headache and many other disorders.

The NYT times says the following: “Ibuprofen relieves pain by interfering with the body’s production of prostaglandin, a substance involved in inflammation. But at the same time, the drug constricts blood flow.”

If this drug is taken for a short period of time, its risk of getting one’s kidney involved is pretty slim. However, for people who don’t aware about its damage, kidney damages or even acute renal failure may result in after a long period of adoption.

Ibuprofen use for a long time might disturb the balance of water and sodium. What’s the big deal? A long term use of this medication may induce high blood pressure or even edema.

There stands a possibility that the medication induces acute renal failure. The acute renal failure can be reversed as long as stopping the medication early. Hemodialysis might help deal with ARF if necessary.

How much is too much?

According to the study from John Hopkins, 12 tablets a day for 11 days is way too much.

What would happen after years of abuse?

Some might thought it’s not that big a deal since as long as this medication is stopped, one’s kidney function can be retrieved. Right? No, not exactly. To be more specific, kidney damage only can be reversed as short-term ibuprofen is used. What happens after years of abuse? You probably lose your chance to correct or retrieve your lost kidney function. What a pity!

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