Kidney Failure

Medications

Different classes of medications may be used to help control some of the issues associated with kidney failure including:

  • Phosphorus-lowering medications, for example, calcium carbonate (Caltrate), calcitriol (Rocaltrol), and sevelamer (Renagel)
  • Red blood cell production stimulation, for example, erythropoietin, darbepoetin (Aranesp)
  • Red blood cell production (iron supplements)
  • Blood pressure medications
  • Vitamins

Once the kidneys fail completely, the treatment options are limited to dialysis or kidney replacement by transplantation.

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Reviewed on 1/23/2015