Prescribed medications may help slow the decline of your kidney function, manage the complications of your chronic kidney disease (CKD), or manage your other medical conditions. In addition to prescription medications, you may also use non-prescription (over-the-counter) medications from time to time.
The kidneys play an important role in removing some medications from your body. If your kidneys are not working well some medications may build up in your body and cause unwanted side effects. It is important to know what medications you are taking, why you are taking them, and the possible side effects and precautions.
Always read the medication label, and use only as directed.
Avoid using herbal or complementary medications until you have checked with your doctor or pharmacist, as some of them may lead to further kidney damage.
If you have any questions or are unsure whether a medication is safe for you and your kidney disease always speak with a doctor, pharmacist or member of your health care team.
For more information about common prescription medications for CKD, or about non-prescription medications for common ailments, please select a category:
Common Prescription Medications for CKD
Information about why and what types of prescription medications may be needed to treat common conditions
Non-Prescription Medications for Common Ailments
Information about non-prescription medications for common ailments that are OK to take, what to avoid, and why
Medications to stop taking
when you are sick
A medication list providing advice about how to take your medications if you are unwell