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Statins and Chronic Kidney Failure

2013-03-30 15:10

Statins and Chronic Kidney FailureStatins refer to a group of drugs used to lower cholesterol levels and can be used in chronic kidney failure. Although statins are common medicines for chronic kidney failure patients, many patients have no idea about how statins works in treating kidney failure. And will it cause side effects?

How statins helps kidney failure patients?

1. Statins help to slow down the progression of chronic kidney failure

Chronic kidney failure refers to the progressive loss of kidney function and when it develops to end stage, dialysis or kidney transplant will be needed. Statins help to slow down the progression of chronic kidney failure, which to some extend help to delay End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD).

2. Statins help chronic kidney failure patients to prevent cardiovascular diseases

People with chronic kidney failure have a relatively higher risk to develop cardiovascular diseases which finally may become the direct cause of their death. Application of statins help to lower their risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and this will help to prolong their life span.

Side effects of statins in chronic kidney failure

Although statins are helpful for people with chronic kidney failure, it cause many side effects at the same time. For chronic kidney failure patients who are taking statins, they are more likely to suffer from the following side effects:

* Headache

* Difficulties in sleeping

* Dizziness, drowsiness, weakness,

* Flushing of the skin

* Nausea and vomiting

* Muscle pain

* Abdominal cramping and abdominal pain

* Constipation or diarrhea

* Rash

* Memory loss

* Mental confusion

* High blood sugar

Not everyone with chronic kidney failure will definitely take statins, but once patients are prescribed with these medicines, they need to learn the basic management about the possible side effects caused by it.

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