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Medications in CKD


Many medications are renally cleared and require dose alteration in patients with CKD. It is important to estimate renal function with a current measurement of creatinine, and calculation of GFR before starting a new medication in CKD. The GFR should guide dosing of renally-cleared medications (e.g. allopurinol, trimethoprim/sulfamethoxezole, etc). In addition to appropriate dosing of drugs in CKD, some medications warrant the measurement of blood levels with renal impairment (e.g. digoxin, vancomycin). Some medications should be avoided with modest renal impairment (e.g. metformin) and others should be avoided in severe renal impairment (e.g., enoxaparin). Review and consider the safety of all current and newly prescribed medications in patients with CKD.

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