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MED FACTS POCKET GUIDE OF DRUG INTERACTION
Patients with acute renal failure, chronic kidney disease (CKD) or those treated
with dialysis or kidney transplantation are frequently prescribed numerous
medications. Drugs of many therapeutic classes are used to treat the underlying
diseases leading to CKD, such as diabetes mellitus and hypertension, while
others are used to control or treat the common complications of CKD, such
as anemia, renal bone disease and lipid disorders.Dialysis patients often are prescribed 10 to 12 medications. With such a large number of medications, there
is an increased risk for drug interactions. The accompanying table has been
prepared as a reference regarding the most clinically significant drug
interactions that might occur, together with an indication of the possible
consequence. This table should be used as a general guideline.
Sometimes information is known about one specific drug within a certain drug
class, while additional information is not known about other agents within the
same therapeutic category. Clinicians must be aware of this possibility and use
their best judgement when prescribing or assessing drug therapy.