Are you at risk of misdiagnosis – which is medical malpractice – if you suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD)?
What about the drugs that you may be using right now? Every time we use a drug, our kidneys are affected.
Keep reading, and we’ll examine a number of drugs, the damage those drugs can do to your kidneys, and your options if you have been the victim of a misdiagnosis.
If you use any drug illegally, or if a drug you take has been prescribed or purchased over-the-counter – but you don’t follow the directions – your kidneys can be harmed.
It’s always wise to be extremely careful when you are using any kind of medication, because if you hurt yourself by not following the directions for taking a drug, it is no one’s fault but your own.
If, however, you are prescribed the wrong drug, you are harmed, and you can prove it, you’ll be entitled to compensation for your extra medical expenses as well as your personal pain and suffering arising from the medical malpractice.
However, to prove your medical malpractice claim, you will need the help of an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
Below is a list of some of the medications that can damage your kidneys.
CAN OVER-THE-COUNTER PAIN REMEDIES HARM THE KIDNEYS?
If you consume large doses of analgesics or other over-the-counter medications, your kidneys could be seriously harmed.
It’s a good idea to avoid depending on pain remedies like ibuprofen, aspirin, or naproxen.
Thousands of people have harmed themselves by the overuse of these products, although there is no evidence of risk regarding the regular use of aspirin in the small doses suggested for the prevention of heart attacks.
The warning labels on over-the-counter analgesics tell you not to use these medications for longer than ten days for pain or longer than three days for a fever.
If your pain and/or fever last longer, talk to your doctor.
Especially if you are a kidney disease patient, you cannot “self-medicate.”
You need to clear any medications that you take with your doctor.
WHAT ABOUT ALCOHOL?
Heavy drinking is always bad for anyone’s health.
Excessive alcohol consumption can damage the liver and the kidneys too.
Persons who struggle with alcohol dependency have a higher risk of suffering kidney disease, diabetes, or liver failure.
If you’re concerned, speak with your doctor about your alcohol consumption.
CAN ANTIBIOTICS DAMAGE YOUR KIDNEYS?
Persons who have chronic kidney disease need to take antibiotics in smaller amounts and doses than people who have healthy kidneys.
Antibiotics include amphotericin B, aminoglycosides, bacitracin, cephalosporins, and vancomycin.
If you are a kidney disease sufferer, take antibiotics only if they have been prescribed for you by your doctor.
WHAT ABOUT LAXATIVES?
Generally speaking, laxatives that are purchased over-the-counter are safe for chronic kidney disease patients, but some of the prescription laxatives that doctors prescribe can be damaging to the kidneys.
Doctors may prescribe sodium phosphate products as laxatives or in preparation for colonoscopy.
If you are a kidney disease patient and you are planning to undergo any surgery, be certain to talk with your doctors about the drugs that may used for that surgery.
WHAT IS A CONTRAST DYE, AND CAN IT HURT YOU?
Imaging tests such as MRIs, angiograms, and CT-scans use a dye called “contrast dye.”
Contrast dyes can damage the kidneys, but not all imaging tests contain these dyes.
Again, if you suffer from kidney disease, always have a discussion with all of your doctors before taking any medical test or undergoing any medical operation or procedure.
WHAT ABOUT ILLEGAL DRUGS?
Some drugs are illegal because they are quite dangerous.
Most illegal “street” drugs – including cocaine, heroin, and ecstasy, for example – cause high blood pressure, heart failure, strokes, and, all too frequently, death.
Cocaine, heroin, opioids, and amphetamines also can cause serious kidney damage.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
Especially if you are a kidney disease patient, be safe with anything that can be considered a medicine.
Read and adhere closely to all of the instructions.
Make sure to inform every one of your doctors about all of the medications, herbal supplements, or vitamins that you use.
Do not take anything that may be considered a medicine without a prescription or your doctor’s approval.
According to the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, five percent of medical patients in the United States– or about twelve million of us – are misdiagnosed each year.
If you struggle with kidney disease and you have been misdiagnosed, and/or if you’ve been given the wrong prescription at any time since you started seeking treatment, you should speak right away with a medical malpractice attorney.
Doctors are no longer allowed to prescribe innocuous placebos.
Instead, they must offer something that works, even if it’s possibly dangerous.
New pharmaceuticals are made available every year, and while these new drugs often save lives, in other cases they have caused traumatic injuries and even death.
ARE YOU AT RISK?
The National Kidney Foundation reports that roughly twenty-six million people in the United States have chronic kidney disease and that another twenty million of us are at risk.
That means there are plenty of opportunities for physicians to prescribe the wrong drug and commit medical malpractice.
Whenever a prescription is written for a patient, at least two healthcare providers are involved: the doctor and the pharmacist.
Both professionals are obligated to make certain that the prescription serves a genuine medical purpose and is written by healthcare provider acting in the usual course of his or her professional healthcare practice.
CAN A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ATTORNEY HELP ME?
If you’ve been injured or made ill as the result of a misdiagnosis, or if you have suffered lasting or serious side effects from using any prescription pharmaceutical or over-the-counter drug anywhere in the United States, discuss your case at once with a skilled medical malpractice attorney.
Don’t wait – in every state, a statute of limitations restricts the amount of time you have to take legal action.
For a medical malpractice claim arising from a wrong prescription to succeed, it must be backed up by evidence that a kidney disease was misdiagnosed and/or that a prescription was written for the wrong medication.
If you can prove that you were harmed or that your health deteriorated due to malpractice, you are legally entitled to compensation, but you must take the first step and make the call as quickly as possible.