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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.

Drug Treatment for Polycystic Kidney Disease

2014-04-20 02:41

Drug Treatment for Polycystic Kidney DiseaseWhat is the drug treatment for Polycystic Kidney Disease( PKD)? With PKD especially moderate or end stage, patients are destined to take various medicines: painkillers to ease back pain and headache, anti-hypertensive agents to lower high blood pressure, herbal medicines to shrink kidney cysts, anti-rejection drugs to save the transplanted kidney, etc. However, do all of drug treatments work well for PKD patients?


Back pain and headache both are common complaints of people with PKD. For these patients, they must be quite familiar with panado, tylenol, aspirin, NASAIDs and other painkillers, because their doctors may prescribe these drugs to relieve their pain. However, in most cases, these medicines don’t work as well as we expect, because patients’ back pain or headache may come back at any time, even if they are eased temporarily. In fact, some foods such as almond and herbal tea can help ease patients’ pain to some extent. For more information about these foods, you can leave a message to us.

Anti-hypertensive agents

PKD patients above age 30 is more likely to suffer from high blood pressure, which can be a sign of kidney damage. To lower patients’ HTN, ACEI and ARBs are more suitable for these patients. Most often, a low-salt diet and correct drugs can help lower patients’ HTN effectively. If you have refractory hypertension, you can tell the online doctor to ask some other suggestions.


When patients have frequent urinary tract infection, antibiotics are often prescribed to control it. Besides, the following home remedies can also help prevent and treat urinary tract infection:

● Drink 8 glasses of water if you still have high kidney function

● Avoid excessive sexual life

● Consume relatively more cranberry or cranberry juice

● Avoid strenuous exercise

Anti-rejection agents

If one person has a chance to accept kidney transplant, he will have to take anti-rejection agents for the rest of his life. What’s more, once the transplanted kidney fails again, it will push him to begin dialysis.

Herbal medicines

Aiming to improve patients’ blood circulation throughout the body as well as the kidney and increase the permeability of cystic walls, herbal medicines can help shrink cyst in PKD gradually. However, as a natural remedy, they may need a little longer time to work.

Different medicines are prescribed for various patients. If you are suffering from PKD, make sure you have consulted your doctor or us before taking any drug treatment for polycystic kidney disease .

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