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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

Can PKD Patients Use NSAIDs to Ease Their Flank Pain

2013-08-19 14:58

Can PKD Patients Use NSAIDs to Ease Their Flank PainNSAIDs, the short name of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, is most common pain relief medicines. Aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, naproxen, etc, all belongs to NSAIDs. Some PKD patients try to use NSAIDs to ease their flank pain, or sometimes headache. Can they take this painkiller? The answer is complicated.

What can NSAIDs do?

It is reported that every day more than 30 millions of Americans use it to deal with various discomforts. Primarily, NSAIDs are taken to soothe mild or moderate pain, inflammation and fever. Then, their specific uses contain the treatment of arthritis symptoms, headaches, injuries and menstrual cramps. For example, aspirin, the most common pain relief medicine, is used to inhibit the blood clotting and prevent strokes and heart attacks. Flank pain or headache in PKD may drive patients to try NSAIDs.

Can PKD patients use NSAIDs to ease their flank pain?

People with kidney disease usually have a high risk for side effects of NSAIDs. This is because NSAIDs can affect the blood circulation and blood pressure. NSAIDs reduce the blood flow into kidneys that makes kidneys work more slowly. Excess fluid will build up in the bloodstream, as kidneys don’t work well. Then, the build up of fluid can raise blood pressure. For PKD patients, high blood pressure is dangerous.

Besides, if people with PKD take these medicines in high dose, the reduced blood flow is more likely to impair their kidneys permanently, as so to cause irreversible damage. If not limited, it may eventually cause kidney failure where dialysis or kidney transplant is begun earlier.

Therefore, we can know taking high dose of NSAIDs is quite dangerous for PKD patients. If you want to use these medicines to relieve your flank pain, you had better consult the doctor the type and dose of them you can use. It will cause severe complications to consume these medicines blindly.

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