Top Ten Drugs That Cause Kidney Damage: Please Share For Information

We all take different medications for all sorts of health problems and this is completely normal because no one can live without taking a pill of two when they’re sick or experience some health issue. However, the downside is that many of these medications or drugs have a plethora of side effects, and almost all of them cause kidney damage, some less severe while others have devastating effects on these vital organs.

Here are the top 10 drugs that cause the biggest damage to our kidneys and you should find a way to avoid their consumption if possible:

  • 1. Antibiotics, like ciprofloxacin, methicillin, sulfonamides and vancomycin.
  • 2. Analgesics, like acetaminophen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or otherwise called NSAID like aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen.
  • 3. Heartburn drugs mostly the proton pump inhibitor type. The drugs from this type include lansoprasole (known as Protonix), rabeprazol (you may know it as Aciphex amd Rabcid), omeprazole (or Prilosec), pantoprazole (brand name Protonix) and esomeprazole (or Esotrex, Nexium).
  • 4. COX-2 inhibitors, such as celecoxib (most people know it under the brand name Celebrex). They’ve even withdrawn 2 types of drugs from this group after they’ve proven to have toxic properties especially for the cardiovascular system. The medications that were withdrawn were valdecoxib ( more commonly known as Bextra), and rofecoxib (brand name Vioxx).
  • 5. Antiviral drugs, like acyclovir (commonly known as Zovirax) usually prescribed for herpes infections, and tenofivir and indinavir, prescribed to HIV patients.
  • 6. Hypertension drugs, like captopril (you probably know it as Capoten).
  • 7. Medications for rheumatoid arthritis, like infliximab (most popular under the name Remicade); hydroxychloroquine and andchloroquine, prescribed for malaria, rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus.
  • 8. Lithium, a medication usually prescribed to patients suffering from bipolar disorder.
  • 9. Chemotherapy medications, like interferons, pamidronate, carboplatin, tacrolimus, cisplatin, cyclosporine, quinine, mitomyciin C, bevacizumab; and certain medications for thyroid disorders like propylthiouracil, prescribed for an overactive thyroid.
  • 10. Anticonvulsants, like phenytoin (most popular under the name Dilantin) and trimethadione (Tridione), anti-seizures medications.

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