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Is Ciprofloxacin Safe With My Renal Impairment

2013-05-12 10:00

Ciprofloxacin is a widely used antibacterial agents in clinic and it has been proved to be effective at treating various infections and viruses such as urinary tract infections, gastrointestinal tract infection, upper respiratory tract infection, skin infection, joint infection or even sepsis, etc. It can also be used to prevent infections for those that have low immunity and are more susceptible to various infections and viruses.

Kidney disease patients often have infections in urinary tract, gastrointestinal tract or even the kidneys. Ciprofloxacin may be prescribed by your doctor to prevent and treat urinary tract infections and kidney infections. However since kidney disease patients have already developed renal impairments, is it safe to use ciprofloxacin without any concerns?

It has been reported that ciprofloxacin does cause damages to renal functions and cause elevated levels of creatinine and blood urea nitrogen, therefore it is recommended by doctors that those that have renal impairments should have more cautions before taking ciprofloxacin.

If your renal impairment is mild and in the early stage, you can take ciprofloxacin under the doctor’s permission and guidance. At the same time, have regular check of kidney functions so as to have early detection if there is any problem. Reduce the dosage or change for other drugs if necessary.

With the decline of renal functions, the dosage of ciprofloxacin should be reduced especially when the clearance rate of creatinine is below 20 ml/min.

Those that have serious renal impairments should avoid taking ciprofloxacin because it can cause renal damages and many side effects such as twitch, etc. Besides, those that have serious arteriosclerosis and seizure should also avoid ciprofloxacin. For children, adolescents, gravida and women of breast-feeding period should also avoid ciprofloxacin.

Ciprofloxacin and other western medicines are not the only choice for treating infections, inflammations and viruses, there are many natural herbal medicines in Traditional Chinese Medicines that have antibacterial and antibiotics properties. They are both effective and natural at controlling infections, inflammations and at the same time can help ease renal impairments and improve renal functions.

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