Medication and renal disease
In this section, you will find several information about medication that people in a regular program of hemodialysis may need.
When kidneys begin to fail, the nephrologist may have to adjust the treatment to the needs of each patient. Medication may be needed to correct problems produced by the kidney malfunctioning, for example:
- Blood pressure control,
- Removal of some mineral salts (phosphate, calcium, potassium,…),
- Make hormones that kidney can’t produce available, or
- Relief of symptoms that can occur such as, vomiting, itching ,…
Some medication, as they are excreted from the organism by the kidneys, will have to be adjusted by doctor indication: they may be prescribed at lower doses, or time between each administration may be increased.
Any medication prescribed by your nephrologist is adequate to your specific needs. Let all health professionals that take care of you, even out of the clinic, know that you are a person with chronic renal disease. You should always inform them about changes in your prescribed medication, so they can take that into account when they are changing your therapeutical plan.
With Patients on hemodialysis, the clinic is responsible for the treatment of anemia, hypertension, bone mineral disease and vascular access infection. Medication used to treat these complications are given for free by the clinic pharmacy.
To make it possible to perform hemodialysis treatment there are some medication which is necessary, such as anticoagulants. This medication is administered in each treatment, to avoid blood coagulation at the lines and dialyzer.
Next, you will find some information about the medication frequently used in patients on hemodialyis.