I've found that physicians other than kidney doctors forget to make allowances for the lower doses that need to be used for kidney patients. As a nurse I usually remind them but sometimes I forget with drastic results. That would have been a very "scary" experience you had and of course then you start wondering if it is causing more damage to your kidneys. We become and need to be very protective of our remaining kidney function. Thanks for sharing your experience
I just want to give everyone on our team with CKD a bit of info of what I went through last week when I was given a Z-pack for an ear infection and other meds...
I tend to have issues with antibiotics due to my CKD. Because diseased kidneys do not filter medications very well - I always ask - how are my kidneys going to filter this medicine?
I have gone through quite a few antibiotics that I cannot have - due to my kidneys lack of filtering them.
This last bout taught me a harder lesson - I do not care if medicines say they are OK for those of us with CKD - I want a dose made for children - not so potent, gentler on the system.
Last Thursday after being on the Z-pack for two days - I passed blood - not a bit of it - a lot of it. It scared me straight to the ER. Thank God I got out of class early... but even if I had not, when I passed what I passed I immediately called my husband and told him I was leaving school and going straight to the hospital.
After blood work and an exam I was released. As I had stopped passing blood and they could only guess that a vein had ruptured. Well the next day I called the dr office - they let me know that it was probably a side affect of the my medication. NOT HAPPY! Well I passed more blood for the next day or so. During this time I was light headed, dizzy, nauseous and felt "not right", but told that the medicine will filter in the next day or so. I am finally on the mend.
So please take care of yourselves and check with your doctor about antibiotics, as for me I cannot have them. Jean
Edited by: LIFE-FAITH at: 5/14/2013 (21:53)
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