Table of Contents
- Kidney failure facts
- What are the kidneys?
- What are the kidneys? (Continued)
- What causes kidney failure?
- What causes kidney failure? (Continued)
- What are the signs and symptoms of kidney failure?
- Does kidney failure cause pain?
- How is kidney failure diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for kidney failure?
- Dialysis and Hemodialysis
- Peritoneal dialysis
- Kidney transplantation
- What is the prognosis for someone with kidney failure?
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
Once the kidneys fail completely, the treatment options are limited to dialysis or kidney replacement by transplantation. Continue Reading
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