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Aspirin for Kidney Disease

2013-08-22 16:24

Aspirin for Kidney DiseaseAspirin is one common medicine in our daily life and used to treat various disorders such as cold, fever, headache, joint pain, etc. Some of these symptoms attack kidney disease patients easily. Can kidney disease patients take aspirin?

Aspirin and kidney disease

Aspirin is one analgesic and works by reducing substances in the body that cause fever, pain and inflammation. For people with kidney disease, they may take aspirin to ease some symptoms. For example, Polycystic Kidney Disease patients are more likely to have headache or back pain, and then they may choose aspirin. People with IgA Nephropathy may have high fever or inflammation that makes them to take this medicine.

However, in fact, aspirin especially a lot of it every day can put people at risk of developing kidney problems even if their kidneys are normal, let alone kidney disease patients.

How does aspirin affect kidney function?

As with other analgesics, aspirin reduces the blood flow to patients’ kidneys. If kidneys are already not filtering properly, the additional decrease of blood flow may lead to more severe complications or even kidney failure.

Besides, long-term use of aspirin can also cause interstitial nephritis, renal papillary necrosis and kidney function decline. As a result, more potassium and urea acid leaks from renal tubules to urine. Also, patients may have the following side effects:

● Severe nausea and vomiting or even coughing up blood

● Fever lasting lower than 3 days

● Swelling

● Stomach pain or pain lasting for more than 10 days

● Heartburn or upset stomach

● Allergic reactions

● Liver damage

● Cardiotoxicity

If you have one of the above adverse reactions, you should talk to your doctors immediately to stop or change your medicine.


Aspirin indeed can cause damage to kidneys especially the impaired kidney. To guarantee your safe, make sure you have consulted the doctor about the dose if you have kidney disease.

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