Friday, April 14, 2017

BEWARE! Top 10 Medicines That Can Cause Acute Kidney Damage - We All Take #2

When we get sick and seek medical help, doctors and experts prescribe us with medications, but what we are not aware of is 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 which filter waste products from the blood. If they do damage the kidneys, the organ will fail to work properly, resulting in serious health complications.

Here’s a list of medications that can do considerable damage to the kidneys:


Vancomycin, methicillin, ciprofloxacin, sulfonamides.


NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), acetaminophen, naproxen, ibuprofen, aspirin.

High blood pressure drugs

Captopril (brand name Capoten).


Heartburn medication

All of the drugs from the proton pump inhibitor class such as rabeprazole, napronazole, esomeprazole, pantoprazole, omeprazole.


Acyclovir, indinavir and tenofivir (often given to HIV patients).

COX-2 inhibitors

Recently, two types of COX-2 inhibitors have been withdrawn from the market as they have been found damaging to the cardiovascular system.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.

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.

Chemotherapy drugs

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.