Doctors prescribe drugs to their patients according to their health condition and disease. Of course, if you were prescribed a medicine, you need to take care of your health and use the drugs. But, before you start taking them, you should know how these pills can affect your overall health.


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Many prescribed medicines carry unwanted, negative consequences. Some of them can even harm the internal organs, such as the kidneys. So, before you take the medicine, always read its labels and consult with your doctor about the possible side effects.

8 Drugs That Can Possibly Harm Your Kidneys

Are you one of those people who reach for painkillers anytime they feel a small pain? Whether it’s a headache, or stomach cramps during the menstrual cycle? Has it ever occurred to you that these painkillers may be bad for your internal organs, and especially the kidneys? And that a frequent use of analgesics can cause an addiction? What you should also know is that if you get used to them, they won’t be as effective and you’ll need more time for the pain to go away.

Luckily enough, there are some natural remedies that can help you alleviate pain. In some cases, they are even more effective than regular painkillers.

These drugs can damage your kidneys:

  1. Antiviral drugs, such as acyclovir, which is often prescribed to treat herpes infection, and indinavir and tenofovir, which are equally used to treat HIV/AIDS.
  2. Medications for high blood pressure, such as captopril.
  3. Analgesics: acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen (the strongest analgesic), and analgin, whose sale is banned in many countries, because of its harmful effects.
  4. Antibiotics: ciprofloxacin, sulfonamides, methicillin, vancomycin.
  5. Anticonvulsants: trimethadion, phenytoin.
  6. Antithyroid drugs, such as propylthiouracil, used for the treatment of overactive thyroid.
  7. Drugs for rheumatoid arthritis, such as chloroquine, and infliximab and hydroxychloroquine, which are used to treat malaria and systemic lupus erythematosus.
  8. Heartburn drugs, like omeprazole, pantoprazole, esomeprazole and rabeprazol.

Reference:
Top Ten Drugs That Cause Kidney Damage