If you have Chronic Kidney Disease then we’ve asked you to avoid medications called NSAIDs. This term means non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. The over-the-counter medication pain medication that is okay for you to use is called Acetaminophen, also known as Tylenol. You may take 1-2 extra strength per day. If this medication does not successfully alleviate your pain we ask you to call your primary care physician and have them prescribe a pain medication that does not affect kidney function. Below is a list of over the counter and prescription pain medications that are NOT okay for you to use because they can make your renal function worse. This is by no means a comprehensive list, so if you are given a medication that is not on the list and you are not sure about give our office a call.
NSAIDS (And medications that contain NSAIDs):
Aspirin (Bufferin, Bayer)
Diclofenac (Arthrotec, Cambia, Cataflam, Voltaren, Flector Patch, Pennsaid, Solareze)
Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis)
Magnesium salicylate (Arthritab, Bayer Select, Doan’s Pills, Magan, Mobidin, Mobogesic)
Naproxen (Naprelan, Naprosyn, Anaprox)