Aspirin also goes by the name acetylsalicylic acid (ASA). It is known as an pain reliever and it is an NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug). It is one of the first drugs we reach for when we are in pain, and most of us consider its use to be utterly safe and benign. However, health care providers are less likely to prescribe aspirin for someone who have Kidney Failure.
Why does aspirin cause kidney damage?
In a number conditions (including advanced kidney, liver or heart failure), the kidneys may rely on locally produced hormones to help keep them from overreacting to certain body signals. NSAIDs (including aspirin and other salicylates) may disable this protective mechanism, thus leading to worsening kidney function. This can cause a drop in your glomerular filtration rate (GFR) well as an accumulation of sodium, potassium and fluids. Even at what would normally be considered non-toxic dosages, kidney function can be impaired by NSAID toxicity.
If you are taking aspirin, you’d better let your doctor to take a regular blood test to monitor the effects of this medicine on your kidney function.
Besides, for Kidney Failure patients, many of them may also take diuretics and ACE inhibitors to increase urine output and lower high blood pressure. On this condition, aspirin will interact with these medicines and cause further kidney damage. Therefore, you should let your doctor know what medicines you are taking before you want to use aspirin.
Alternatives to aspirin in Kidney Failure
If you feel you need to take painkillers like aspirin due to a chronic condition, there are some things you can do to avoid the possible negative effects. Drink more liquids. Take antioxidant supplements to help protect the liver and the kidneys.
Here, I would like to recommend you a natural way—Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy, which is created form the innovation of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). We have improved the life quality of so many patients. For Kidney Failure patients, this therapy have significant effects on reducing the frequency of dialysis and even avoid dialysis.
This therapy is only available in Shijiazhuang Kidney Disease Hospital, which locates near Beijing, China. If you need some suggestions, our experts is available. If not, you can leave a message below.