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electrolyte imbalances caused by
kidney failure can be difficult, because many
medicines lower some electrolyte levels while raising other levels. Your
doctor may need to regularly monitor your electrolyte levels.
chronic kidney disease and kidney failure
potassium levels above the normal range
(hyperkalemia). Medicines used to lower potassium
levels may include:
Hemodialysis is the best way to lower potassium levels
if kidney failure has developed rapidly and potassium levels are very
Kidney failure causes an increased breakdown of bone
and abnormal metabolism of
vitamin D, and
parathyroid hormone (PTH). This often leads to a bone
disease called renal osteodystrophy. Medicines used to restore proper
metabolism of these chemicals may include:
Current as of:
August 29, 2013
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
& Tushar J. Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACP - Nephrology
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