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Kidney pain and Nausea caused by Meds

Dovaston
Dovaston

Hi Has anyone had kidney issues caused by meds ? I take Ticagrelor Bisoprolol and Omeprazole and believe one of these might be responsible for kidney discomfort I am getting ! Thanks

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Hi, you might like to use the website drugs.com to look up your medications and if they are harmful to someone with CKD or if they interact poorly with any other meds you take. Hope this helps.

Dovaston
Dovaston in reply to Mr_Kidney

Thank you very much 😊

Bet117
Bet117 in reply to Mr_Kidney

Exactly!

As Mr K said, always check for interactions for kidney disease, and discuss with your Doctor. In my case I am a senior and am back on Prilosec by Gastro Doctors orders. The chance of damage to kidneys was less likely than esophageal damage.

Hi, I don’t personally have experience with either med, but I believe the one is for stomach issues/ acid reflux. Some of those types of meds are meds included in a lawsuit because of causing kidney issues/ damage. That might be some insight. Great luck

Dovaston
Dovaston in reply to Sally10255

Hi Sally. Thanks for the info and taking the time to reply to me

You are welcome. I recently found out that I have one great working kidney and a blip of another. I am to really watch my intake. I know so many things we take, eat, drink, habits, etc. can be toxic to the kidneys. When I was in so much pain with a kidney stone, I couldn’t take pain killers. On another note, my husband was on the stomach Med. I actually saw in a commercial that the side effects can be the same as what the medicine is for. He quit taking and we have changed up our diets and that helps so much. Great luck!!

Dovaston
Dovaston in reply to Sally10255

Crikey Kidney stone and no pain killers you were brave. Not surprised about your hubby's experience sure big pharma bury the truth on their meds half the time . Wish you well

Hi Dovaston, don't get me started on Omeprazole, as I blame this drug for degrading my kidney function. My history in brief, I was diagnosed with moderate stomach acid reflux issues due to lower oesophagal synchter allowing stomach acid into the oesophagus causing heartburn type pain. I was prescribed omeprazole (Mar 16) and took it for 6 months at 20mg p/d, then 3 months at 10mg p/d, then back to 20mg p/d at which point my kidney function began to drop from 60 egfr to 28 egfr in a month. I took myself off this drug, the doctor just wanted me to stop taking vits and minerals and stop using the anti-inflammatory gel I was using for my arthritis. The function then gradually recovered to 45 egfr over the next 6 months and I was discharged from the nephrologist, however, in Nov 17 I got another attack of the acid reflux which was most painful, so my GP who knew my history prescribed Omeprazole 20mg again, even though I said I didn't want to take it due to what happened to my kidney function last time. She insisted I took it and said we would test my blood after a week to see if it had any affect. I had a phone call early in the morning a week later saying I needed to stop taking Omeprazole my kidney function had dropped to 15 egfr, and it went down again to 13 egfr at which point she got the Nephrologist involved and he put me on a high dose of Steroids, which I was on for 3 months and my kidney function is now 35 egfr. I couldn't get the Nephrologist to admit it was the Omeprazole, although he told me he had another patient who had the same thing but didn't respond to the steroids, I don't know what happened to them. I don't know if my function will improve further, but I do know that further damage has been done and that's pretty irreversable. I'd like to put in a formal complaint to the GP but again I don't want to cause a lot of trouble as it may cause me more stress and I cannot get back my function, although hopefully lessons have been learnt. I'd like to know more about the legal case that Sally 10255. I am in the UK and I don't have kidney pain for information. Hope you find a solution soon. The Nephrologist put me on Ranitidine (Zantac) for my acid reflux plus I also have low acid (ph) foods, avoid tomatoes, alcohol, coffee & tea in moderation - would recommend the Acid Watcher Diet by Dr Johnathan Aviv.

Dovaston
Dovaston in reply to Sunsetter

Hi Sunsetter

Many thanks for your reply and sharing your experience of Omeprazole. I am very sorry to hear of your issues it sounds like you have had a really bad time of it . I am going to try and get off this drug asap. I hope things get better for you.

Sunsetter
Sunsetter in reply to Dovaston

Thanks Dovaston you too!

Angie2020
Angie2020 in reply to Sunsetter

It is so wrong that doctors push these drugs well aware of the damage they do. So sorry you have to go through all these health worries. From what I've read, too late unfortunately, is that omeprazole causes alsorts of problems and damage to kidneys

I took omeprazole for 6 weeks along with antibiotics and some painkillers and here I am now lol

Dovaston
Dovaston in reply to Angie2020

Oh no that is shocking poor you

Sunsetter
Sunsetter in reply to Angie2020

Hi Angie 2020, thanks for your support. Do you mind me asking what your kidney function was before taking the drugs and after? Thanks again

Angie2020
Angie2020 in reply to Sunsetter

I have absolutely no idea what it was before but a month or so AFTER I'd taken all that rubbish it was 88 then a month later it dropped to 59 without taking any drugs or nothing! I just don't get it

Sunsetter
Sunsetter in reply to Angie2020

Hi Angie, presume you're seeing a Nephrologist or at least a good GP? Also hopefully you're being monitored by regular blood tests so they can see if this is just a one off or a trend with other underlying causes? Depending on your age, and I guess if you had a egfr of 88 before it dropped you are under 50 years old (prob a lot younger than that) then a drop to 59 egfr would be a worry, but having stopped taking the drugs, your kidney function should recover. I wish you well and keep pushing with those health people.

Angie2020
Angie2020 in reply to Sunsetter

Hi sunsetter. I'm 51 and I'm waiting to see a nephrologist but it could take 2 months to get an appointment. I'm having blood tests every few weeks and X-rays and colonoscopy and alsorts but waiting for the results is agony. The anxiety is the worst part because it plays hell with your whole body. When I get an appointment I try to get their on the day so it doesn't delay it even further. My Gp is helpful but she's as confused as me especially when I'd been of all meds for over a month when it dropped

Mr_Kidney
Mr_Kidney in reply to Angie2020

Something else that I use that may help you is to set up a spreadsheet for your lab values. Take your copy of each set of labs. Across the top, I put in the date of the labs and the doctor who ordered them. Down the left side, I list each test done. This is where the site Lab Tests Online will help you. I put the results in the corresponding place. If the value is within the normal range I leave it in black. If it is higher than normal I put it in red and if it's below the normal range I put it in a different color.

The purpose of this is to have an "At a Glance" sheet of any trends from lab to lab. At least for me, it proved easier to see any issues with one sheet in front of me than shuffling lots of papers and hunting for each test. Of course, my spreadsheet has jumped to many sheets and I'm working on separating the blood labs from the urine labs.

Just an idea that may help you worry a bit less if you can see the overall picture. Best of luck.

Angie2020
Angie2020 in reply to Mr_Kidney

Thank you but I haven't even got any lab tests on paper. Can I just ask for a copy every time I get a test?

Mr_Kidney
Mr_Kidney in reply to Angie2020

You have a right to a written copy of any labs your doctor(s) ordered. Depending on how long ago they did the labs, contact the office of Medical Records for your doctor's clinic. If it's an individual practice, then his nurse will send you copies. Sometimes if your doctors have a Patient Portal you can access them yourself. Either way, they are yours.

One other thing I do. If my nephrologist runs labs I always get a copy for my PCP, Urologist and any doctors who need the information. The same thing goes for tests run by my Cardiologist and Retina Specialist. By keeping a copy for myself I can always show them to a new doctor if I happen to be traveling. Once I finish splitting up my blood and urine labs my spreadsheets will be more manageable.

Angie2020
Angie2020 in reply to Mr_Kidney

Just found out about 2 hours ago that my sister has stage 2 ckd. That's means it's hereditary because our uncle had it too. Cannot believe it She's 50 and I'm 51. We have both had symptoms but mine are worse at stage 3.

Mr_Kidney
Mr_Kidney in reply to Angie2020

CKD, as it stands, is not hereditary. There are types of CKD that are. Here is a link that gives you information on the ones that are genetic.

patient.info/doctor/inherit...

Even with genetic forms, one sibling will have it and it is possible that another sibling will not. Having said that it also doesn't mean that the sibling without the genetic marker may still develop CKD, just not the inherited one. I know that sounds complicated but I hope the link I provided helps explain it.

Angie2020
Angie2020 in reply to Mr_Kidney

I've already read that one lol. I don't really get it though. I know what's your saying though but my uncle also had kidney disease and all my mum can remember is that it began with a neph

Bet117
Bet117 in reply to Mr_Kidney

My thoughts exactly! I bring copies to my appointnents; highlighting results that I would like to discuss with my doctor.

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