The kidneys perform several essential functions to keep the body working properly. Once the kidney fails to function properly, many renal problems will occur. At this time, you may think about what medicines are useful for increasing kidney function. Your doctors may ask you what symptoms you have so that they can give you appropriate medicines.
What are the symptoms of decreased kidney function?
The kidneys help filter the blood and remove waste products from the body. They help regulate the amount of electrolytes in the body, such as sodium. Without proper function of the kidneys, the electrolyte and acid-base balance in the body would be incorrect, resulting in several problems, such as hypertension, proteinuria, swelling, fatigue, etc.
What medicines are used for increasing kidney function?
1. ACEIs, ARBs and Beta-blockers
ACEIs(Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors), ARBs(Angiotensin Receptor Blockers) and Beta-blockers are the type of medicines used to lower
blood pressure, but they work in different ways. ACEIs and ARBs may slow kidney damage even in people who do not have high blood pressure. Researches show that they are most effective on Diabetic Nephropathy.
ACEIs block the conversion of angiotensin I to angiotensin II, relaxing the blood vessels and reducing blood pressure. ARBs block the effects of angiotensin II, relaxing blood vessels and eliminating excessive salt from the bloodstream.
Quinapril, ramipril, captopril, fosinopril, lisinopril, enalapril and benazepril are ACEIs. Candesartan, irbesartan, losartan, eprosartan, telmisartan, olmesartan and valsartan are ARBs.
This kind of medicine helps reduce excessive fluid in the body so that the waste and toxins can be discharged. However, in the late stage of renal disease, diuretics are not recommended, because patients have a little urination then. The use of diuretics will burden the kidneys.
3. Chinese herbs
Western medicines’ effects for increasing kidney function are limited and temporary. Therefore, I recommend you some Chinese herbs. Ophiocordyceps sinensis, rheum officinale, salvia miltiorrhiza and astragalus are all safe and effective to improve kidney function. These herbs play a role through repairing tubular epithelial cells, promoting blood circulation or increasing cellular immunity. In other words, Chinese herbs improve kidney function from the root.
Tell your doctor about every prescription medication, vitamin, mineral or herbal supplement you take, in case of these medicines interact with each other, thus causing adverse effects. For example, ACEIs can interact with diuretics and supplements that contain potassium and ARBs like valsartan can interact with sodium phosphate.
All in all, medicines have side effects so that you should be very cautious about the usage. Our online experts can help you solve the problem. You can also leave a message below, and we will reply you within 48 hours.