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DIURETICS
         (e.g. Lasix, Burinex)
        Diuretics are
        medications that
        make you pass
        more urine. These
        medications are
        used to treat
        swelling of the legs,
        heart failure and
        are also commonly
        used to treat high blood pressure. Diuretics can also be prescribed for patients who are on dialysis which
        help produce more urine and gain less weight between dialysis treatments.
           These medications will work for up to six hours after they are taken. Side-effects of diuretics include
        dehydration if they make you pass too much urine.



        VITAMINS                                              take just any multivitamins as some of these
        When you have kidney disease you will have lower      preparations may contain too much of the fat
        levels of vitamins in your body than you need, so     soluble vitamins.
        you may need to take a number of different               Folic acid is important for many of the metabolic
        vitamins including:                                   functions of the body.
        ● Multivitamins;
        ● Folic acid;                                         VITAMIN D
        ● Vitamin D.                                             The kidney is responsible for converting the
                                                              vitamin D that is in your body into the active form
        MULTIVITAMINS                                         of vitamin D. People with kidney disease lack the
           Patients, who are on dialysis, commonly lose       ability to produce the active form of vitamin D.
        much of the water soluble vitamins through the        Vitamin D is important for the absorption of calcium
        dialysis machine. It is important that you do not     and for bone health which is important to prevent
                                                                                     the   parathyroid    glands
                                                                                     becoming overactive. As
                                                                                     mentioned     earlier   the
                                                                                     parathyroid (PTH) glands are
                                                                                     small glands in your neck
                                                                                     that control calcium levels in
                                                                                     your body. People with
                                                                                     kidney disease can have
                                                                                     PTH levels that are too high.
                                                                                     One of the major functions
                                                                                     of Vitamin D is to lower PTH
                                                                                     levels. Too much vitamin D
                                                                                     may cause the calcium, in
                                                                                     your blood, to go too high so
                                                                                     your doctors and nurses will
                                                                                     be carefully monitoring
                                                                                     calcium levels by obtaining
                                                                                     regular blood samples.



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