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Does Creatinine 1.6 Mean Kidneys Have Been Damaged To 50%

2013-05-30 17:49

Q:

My creatinine level has reached 1.6, does that mean my kidneys has damaged to 50%? Doctor prescribed me “tamsulosin hydrochloride 0.4mg” and has asked me to take it for rest of my life. What does this indicate? Is there anything serious to worry about?

 

A:

Clinical studies show creatinine level does not increase until 50% kidney function is damaged; however, this does not mean people with high creatinine level must be suffering from Chronic Kidney Failure. In clinic, aside from kidney problem, there are many other causes for elevated creatinine level like improper diet, creatine supplement and drugs. Creatinine 1.6 is slightly higher than the normal range 0.5-1.3. And it is hard to judge whether you are suffering from kidney problem simply through this value.

As for the medicine tamsulosin hydrochloride, it is commonly used to treat prostatic hyperplasia. Are you suffering from this disease? When were you diagnosed with it? Prostatic hyperplasia can cause urine backflow into the ureters and kidney, causing elevation of creatinine level. This may be the possible cause for your creatinine 1.6.

For people with creatinine 1.6 caused by kidney problem, they may suffer from many other symptoms like high blood pressure, proteinuria, fatigue, swelling, hematuria and changes of urine output. Do you have any these symptoms? If yes, you will be alert about your kidney.

Here I suggest you to do further tests to found out the root cause of your elevated creatinine level. If it is really caused by kidney problem, medical treatment will be needed to stop the progression of kidney problem. Here you can find the related tests for diagnosing kidney disease: http://www.kidneyfailureweb.com/kidney-disease-detection/ hope it is helpful for you.

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