Did you know more people die of kidney disease every year than breast or prostate cancer?
Did you know there are two deaths due to renal failure every five minutes in India, that comes to 547 every day, and two lakh per year?
Did you know 13 people die every day waiting for a kidney transplant?
Did you know every 14 minutes there is one more name added to the kidney transplant list?
Did you know 7.85 million people in India suffer from kidney problems, of which up to 41% turn out to be Chronic Kidney Diseases (CKD)?
These are only a few statistics given by The National Kidney Foundation.
But there is no denying fact that kidney failure, the silent killer, is slowly taking over urban Indian population, along with rising cases of hypertension, diabetes and blood pressure.
However, it is a myth that only by drinking gallons of water you can keep your kidneys healthy.
Vegetables like red bell peppers, cabbages, cauliflowers, garlic and onions; and fruits like apples, cranberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, cherries and red grapes; along with egg whites, fish and olive oil contribute a lot towards maintaining a strong pair of kidneys for you.
But food apart, there is one thing that we cannot avoid and quite unknowingly cause harm to those delicate organs of our body. And that is, medicine. There are quite a few drugs which are quite injurious to kidneys.
Here are 10 drugs which could be dangerous for kidney if not taken correctly.
These include aminoglycosides, cephalosporins,amphotericin B, bacitracin, and vancomycin.
2. Some blood pressure pills:
i) ACE inhibitors like lisinopril and ramipril.
ii) Angiotensin receptor blockers like candesartan and valsartan.
3. Chemotherapy medicines:
These include cisplatin, carboplatin, and methotrexate.
4. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID):
Such as aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, and naproxen.
5. Ulcer drugs:
6. Medicines for HIV treatment:
These include protease inhibitors like indinavir and ritonavir.
8. Heartburn drugs of the proton pump inhibitor class:
These include omeprazole, lansoprazole, pantoprazole, rabeprazole and esomeprazole.
9. Antiviral medicines:
Like acyclovir, that is used to for treating herpes infection.
10. Rheumatoid arthritis drugs:
These include infliximab, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine( also used to treat malaria and systemic lupus erythematosus).
(Sources: American healthcare corporation WebMD and Women’s health and wellness portal EmpowHER)
Sreya is based in Kolkata. She is a Senior Editor of Big Wire.