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Supplements And Medicines in Stage 3 Kidney Disease

2013-08-27 17:08

Supplements And Medicines in Stage 3 Kidney DiseaseIn stage 3 kidney disease,even though the kidneys are damaged,they still can work filter wastes from body.The primary goal in this stage is to keep your body well nourished and control the associated conditions by taking the medicines and certain supplements.Are there any supplements and medicines in stage 3 kidney disease?

Supplements in stage 3 kidney disease


High-protein foods are an important source of iron which is an essential material for producing red blood cells.When kidneys fail to work,a low-protein diet is needed. This is very likely to result in iron deficiency. If you suffer from iron deficiency, iron supplement is prescribed to help build your iron stores.


Hypocalcemia may occur in stage 3 Kidney Disease. Your lab work will tell if your calcium levels are within normal range.If your calcium levels are low, a calcium supplement will be prescribed.However,if it is higher than normal, you may need to limit your calcium.

Vitamin D

Kidneys can convert vitamins in foods to active form of vitamin D and then the vitamin will be absorbed by your body.However, the diseased kidneys fail to perform the functions, thus resulting in low level of vitamin D in body. Low levels of vitamin D can result in serious bone problems.Remember, only take vitamins and minerals prescribed by your doctor.

Only three common supplements are given here.Based on your blood work result, more supplements may be required.You can consult with our medical professional if you need more supplements.

Medicines in stage 3 kidney disease


EPO may be prescribed to treat anemia. Healthy kidneys make EPO, which stimulates the bone marrow to make red blood cells. Diseased kidneys may not make enough EPO and less red blood cells are produced, thus resulting in anemia.

Phosphorus binder

In stage 3 kidney disease, the diseased kidneys fail to remove phosphorus from body,thus leading to high phosphorus levels.Phosphorus binder may be prescribed to your doctor to reduce the absorption of phosphorus from foods.

Blood pressure medicines

Blood pressure medicines are usually prescribed.Classic blood pressure medicines include ACE inhibitor and ARB drugs. This class of blood pressure medicines not only can lower blood pressure,but also can reduce protein in urine.They may be prescribed even if blood pressure has not increased.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a very complex condition and it may involve multiple organs and systems. Based on individual condition, more medicines and supplements may be required.

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