5th March 2013



Medication and diet are used to slow down the worsening kidney function and to control the other issues that might have an impact on the deterioration of kidney. The healthcare team at Salford Royal Hospital will work with you to establish a treatment path.

As part of your medication you might receive:

  • Phosphate binders – Phosphate is difficult to control with dialysis and diet and medicines, causing damage by being deposited on the blood cells, causing itchiness or affect the bones and joints. Common medicines are Calcium salts (carbonate, lactate or acetate), Aluminium hydroxide (eg Alucaps)
  • Antihypertensives (blood pressure pills) are used to maintain a good level for your blood pressure. The medication you might receive o control your blood pressure: Calcium antagonists (their names end in ‘-pine’), ACE inhibitors (their names end in ‘-pril’), ATI antagonists (their names end in ‘-artan’), Beta blockers (their names end in ‘-olol’)
  • Diuretics are used to reduce the fluid from body by increasing the urine that is passed. Medicine given: Furosemide, Bumetanide
  • EPO (Erythropoietin) is a hormone produced by kidney to increase production of red cells, which transports oxygen around the body. Kidney failure stops the production of EPO causing anemia. EPO is not needed for all patients and sometimes might be given in low dose.
  • IF YOU ARE A PATIENT AT SRFT and just about to start treatment with EPO then please TAKE PART IN OUR SURVEY…
  • Iron and Vitamins are given to patients to correct anaemia. Suplementary vitamins [vitamin B, vitamin C and a form of vitamin D. Excessive vitamins can be dangerous. Please do not buy any without medical advice.
  • Laxatives – if you have a constipation problem discuss with the Renal Team – Not all laxatives are good for kidney patients.

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2 thoughts on “Medication

  • Hi friends just like to say regarding medication when the doctor on the ward prescribe or changes dose the time it takes is very frustrating 3 weeks ago I was prescribed medication but I have still not heard anything.
    I think there is a communication gap from hospital to GP I think it would be easier and save time if the renal unit doctors can write prescription and hand it to the patient then we could get it dispensed on the same day.t

  • Hi Safaafaz, I’m surprised that changes to your medication weren’t included in your discharge papers when you left the ward. In an ideal world you wouldn’t have to do this but when I get discharged or have an outpatient appointment at the renal clinic I immediately make an appointment with my GP to discuss medication changes and anything else that has a bearing on my treatment.

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