Kidney safe medications

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Kidney health is especially important to bladder exstrophy patients and many commonly used pain relievers, medications and supplements can have harmful effects. Always discuss kidney health with prescribing providers before starting any new medicines and be self-aware of medications that can harm kidneys. These include IV or oral medicines administered when you have an x-ray.

Also, always talk with your provider before trying herbal products or nutritional supplements. Some may have dangerous side effects or may interact with other medicines you are taking.

In addition, certain antibiotics or antiviral  (medicines used to treat infections) may harm your kidneys. Talk to your provider about your kidney health before you begin taking these medications.


Do NOT use these medicines unless they have been approved by your Urologist/Nephrologist

Pain/ Fever Reducers/ Anti-Inflammatory

  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
  • Naproxen (Aleve,Naprosyn)
  • Ketorlac (Toradol)

YELLOW Zone = Caution

These medicines treat other health problems. Talk with your healthcare provider before taking:

Blood Pressure Lowering Drugs

  • Captopril (Capoten)
  • Enalapril (Vasotec)
  • Lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril)
  • Losartan (Cozaar)

Nasal Decongestiontants

  • Phenylephrine (Sudafed PE Triaminic Cough and Cold, most Dimetapp products)
  • Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed, combination cough, cold, flu, and allergy products such as Claritin-D)

Green Zone = Kidney Safe Option

Pain/Fever Reducers/Anti-inflammatory

Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

Ask your doctor about the safe dosing and product choice because the wrong dose could harm your liver.

*This is not a complete list of medicines. For questions, ask your pharmacist.

**If you have any questions about your medicines and their risk of harming your kidney’s, please call your doctor or healthcare provider.


Thank you to Cincinnati Children’s for providing this content