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Do Pain Killers Harm Kidneys?



  • I have kidnery disease (glomuler nephritis) due to lupus so I see a kidney specalist every 3 months and have a mountain of tests including 24hr urine collection.

    I also take a mountain of medication each day tegretol, valuim, thyroxine, celebrex, zoloft, metformin, nexium, lyrica, oxycontin Er, lipitor, endone. also calcium, glucosamine, mg, iron, folate, fish oil.
    Yep, breaky lunch and dinner without even adding food :))(

    I also take paracetamol 4 times a day or as needed.
    My kidneys have actually never been in better shape and both the Nephrologist and I are pretty amazed.
    Mind you - I drink about 3 litres of water a day (as well as other drinks)and he said that is the key. Drink lots of water as Angie said and keep flushing the kidneys through so any toxins dont sit there for long.

    Harry I hope things improve for you. As a general rule 4 x 2 panadol/paracetamol is the absolute limit per day for your kidneys. Anything more then that and you should be on something stronger that doesn't affect your kidneys so much.

    Itsalongwalk- sounds like time to get some blood tests done. EUC id particular and LFTs (liver) may be good as well.

    Terri- thanks for that interesting info.

    Blessings Sara O:)
  • Harry, interesting, I have never heard of mucomyst for this purpose. It is a quite interesting and varied drug. It is given in inhalation to break up mucous in the lungs of patients with COPD. It also is used orally to treat acetaminophen overdose. I have given it many times to patients in pediatrics, usually teens who tried to commit suicide by tylenol OD. It may be different now, but at the time it was only available as an inhalation solution. We had to mix it in juice and have the patients drink it. Sounds easy except it smells and tastes like rotten eggs. It is disgusting and many times patients ended up needing a nasogastric tube so we could put it in them because they either refused to drink it or would throw up from the taste/smell. They have to take it every 4 hours for a total of 18 doses. It is very effective in preventing the liver damage if it is started within 8 hours of the OD. How many doses will you need to take? If it is the stinky form try mixing it in something and plug your nose :D Cali-Sue
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  • I did a "Mucomyst kidney" google and it looks like Mucomyst has caught on as a contrast antidote.

    My script says 600 mg/20% x 2 the day before and the day of cardiac cath.

    Thanks to all for all the info.

    I hope we all heal.

  • I'm curious, what are the supplements you take to cleanse your kidneys and liver? I had a three level fusion 9 months ago, and still have pain and stiffness that requires me still taking 2 percocets per day. One in the morning, one before bed, and in-between, my Tens Unit is my best friend.

    I also take a multi-vitamin, calcium +D, extra vitamin D, Glucosamine, B complex, prozac, and an occational 1/2 of a valium for sleeping. I'm having serious issues with sleeping, but that's a whole other story. I'm bright eyed and bushy tailed everyday between 2-3am, YULK, with no daytime naps, and going to bed at 9pm, insomnia...

    Just recently I've been experiencing deep pain in my right hip, and back to what seems to be my kidney area, and have been concerned about being on percocet for so long. I don't feel as if I have a kidney infection, but it aches deeply back there where my kidneys are.

    If I knew some cleansing supplements for Kidneys, I could give it a try and see if that pain goes away. thanks
  • sorry had to do the YO =))
    it was listed in the phamplet they gave me.
    but they did not give it to me.
    i had to take plavix for 6 days till the day of the test.
    then of course they discontinued that.
    iv had alot of tests with contrast and its all in my paper work about the kidney and never had been offered to take anything to contridict it. hmmmmm :? the angio is a breeze. i was sore of course as they used my arm and had it twisted .PLUS i was sore because i am used to being on my side and being on my back from 9-3pm was not fun. and i had to keep my arm straight out on a splint for 24 hrs. and the fentynl did not agree w/ my stomach.
    the test only took like 10 min if that.. i think less from the time they did the numbing injection and the dye. plus with my back they did not want to keep me on there long. if ya need to know anything at all about that just ask. it was a BREEZE. the prep was longerrrrrr 8} 8} and dang its cold in there!! (8) (8)

    im a huge WATER drinker . besides my coffee in the morning at night thats all iv learned to drink. iv been on and off meds for years. for different types of things. but REFUSE to take a motrin . i will once in awhile take 2 tylenol for a headache or a excedrine but that is few and far between.
    plus i ask for the 325 in my meds not 500 of tylenol.
    of course go figure i got dropped for pain from my surgeon and my pcp had to take over. and he gave me the ones with 500 but im only on a dose of 2500 a day if needed in my lortab.

    plus the dr wants me to take b-lith aka vit b w/ magnisium.
    that is to help prevent stones.

    lynnsy i would get that checked out. i don't ever have the typical pain of stones/infections etc...
    not saying thats what it is at all by no means.
    could be your L2. we just all never know.

    i mean who thought my severe leg pain was coming from a blockage in my stomach..

    everyone be your own health care advocate in some cases its so very important.

    ok getting way off track again.
    sorry typing under the influence 8} 8} 8}
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