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10 Unbelievable drugs that damage the kidney

The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs found on the left and right sides of the body in vertebrates. They filter the blood in order to make urine, to release and retain water, and to remove waste.

Unfortunately, a lot of these toxins are a by-product of drugs that we ingest.

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There are different drugs that cause kidney damage, ranging from severe, to even deadly conditions. According to, below are 10 categories of drugs that cause damage to the kidney.

  1. Antibiotics

Including: ahminoglycosides, cephalosporins, bacitracin, vancomycin, methicillin, ciprofloxacin, sulfonamides, and amphotericin B.

  1. Analgesics

Including: acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, and other prescription and non-prescription painkillers.

  1. COX-2 Inhibitors

Including: celecoxib (Celebrex), valdecoxib (Bextra) and rofecoxib (Vioxx).

  1. Heartburn Drugs

Including: proton pump inhibitor drugs including omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole (Prevacid), pantoprazole (Protonix), rabeprazol (Rabecid, Aciphex), and esomeprazole (Nexium, Esotrex).

  1. Antiviral Drugs

Including: acyclovir (Zovirax) for herpes, and indinavir, ritonavir and tenofovir for HIV.

  1. High Blood Pressure Drugs
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Including: ramipril, lisinopril, captopril (Capoten), and angiotensin receptor blockers like candesartan and valsartan.

  1. Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs

Including: infliximab (Remicade), hydroxychloroquine, and chloroquine, which are used to treat malaria and systemic lupus erythematosus, as well as rheumatoid arthritis.

  1. Bipolar Disorder Drugs

Including: Lithium.

  1. Anticonvulsants

Including: phenytoin (Dilantin) and trimethadione (Tridione).

  1. Chemotherapy Drugs

Including: interferons, cisplatin, pamidronate, carboplatin, tacrolimus, cyclosporine, mitomycin C, quinine, bevacizumab, carboplatin, cisplatin, and methotrexate.