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Safe Use Of Antibiotics In Renal Failure

2013-03-16 09:40

antibioticsAntibiotics can be used to treat bacterial infections. There are many types of antibiotics currently. Many people will resort to antibiotics when they have infections and some even do not ask for doctor’s permission and when they develop drug-resistance to one antibiotic, they will increase the dosage or try another one.

However almost all antibiotics have more or less harms to the body. Misuse or overuse of antibiotics is especially harmful to renal failure patients. It has been reported to cause acute renal damages. Since antibiotics can cause or worsen renal failure, it is very necessary to know how to effectively and safely use antibiotics for renal failure patients so as to avoid unfavorable harms or injuries to the kidneys.

Someone may say that renal failure patients can completely avoid taking antibiotics since it is harmful to the kidneys. However in reality antibiotics are very necessary. What we can do is not to totally avoid antibiotics but learn the safe use of antibiotics.

Kidney infections are in most cases bacterial infections, therefore antibiotics usually will be prescribed by the doctors to treat kidney infections as well as other infections which are very common among renal failure patients because they have weak immunity and they are more susceptible to various bacteria and viruses.

The following are things that renal failure patients should do and should not do while taking antibiotics to reduce potential harms to the kidneys and ensure both the effectiveness and safety of antibiotics treatment.

Things should be done

·drink more water

·have cranberry juice while taking antibiotics

·have regular check of blood pressure and keep it at stable level

·monitor blood sugar level and keep it at normal range

Things should not be done

·have less salt intake

·avoid tobacco, alcohol, coffee and other caffeine-containing drinks and foods

·do not have painkillers or acetaminophen at the same time with antibiotics

Besides, there are many natural antibiotics in Chinese herbal medicines such as dandelion, cranberry, bearberry, you can consult a Chinese medicine practitioner for such natural remedies.

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