Medications

Medications

People with chronic kidney disease often take a variety of medications to help manage their disease.

If patients have concerns about their medications they should always talk to their doctor and/or pharmacist. Please note, the information provided on this website is designed to help you understand how the medications you are taking work, possible side effects and precautions. It is not a substitute for talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you:

  • Are having side effects
  • Forget to take your medications
  • Do not know why you are taking a medication
  • Think your medication is not working
  • Run out of your medication
  • Have changes to your medications from another doctor

Every time you come to clinic, please bring:

  • All of your medications
  • Any over-the-counter drugs
  • Herbals and vitamins
  • An updated medication list

Medication Information for Renal Patients

Azathioprine

What is it? Azathioprine is used to treat various types of kidney disease. Why did my doctor prescribe or recommend…
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Coughs, Colds & the Flu

Information for People with Kidney Disease Introduction The common cold is an easily spread and easily contracted illness.  The average…
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Cyclophosphamide

What is it? Cyclophosphamide can be used to treat various types of kidney disease. Cyclophosphamide was originally developed as a…
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Cyclosporine

What is it? Cyclosporine can be used to treat various types of kidney disease. Cyclosporine was originally developed to prevent…
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Kayexalate

With the return of the winter season we would like to remind you of the importance of keeping a supply…
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Phosphorous

Why do we worry about phosphorus blood levels? Phosphorus and calcium need to stay in balance in your blood. If…
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Prednisone

What is it? Prednisone will decrease the inflammation in your kidneys so they can function better. Why did my doctor…
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Other Helpful Links

The BC Renal Agency lists medications and corresponding information sheets

MyMedRec Iphone App that helps you keep track of your medications.