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Commonly Prescribed Drugs

The index below contains links to pages with information on the specific drug. Click on the underlined drug names to go to those pages.

This list of drugs does not include everything you might be taking. It includes many drugs commonly given to kidney patients. The inclusion of a drug on the list is not a recommendation that it should be used. Conversely, the omission of a drug from the list does not suggest that your Doctor should not be prescribing the drug to you.

ActionDrug(s)
Antibiotics used after transplantation Co-trimoxazole
Isoniazid
Anti-histamines/Reduce itching Chlorpheniramine
Hydroxyzine
Control Vasculitis Azathioprine
Cyclophosphamide
Prednisolone
Immuno-suppressants Azathioprine (post transplant)
Cyclosporin (Neoral)
Mycophenolate
Prednisolone
Sirolimus (Rapamune)
Tacrolimus
Increase your blood count (control anaemia) Ferrous sulphate
Intravenous Iron
Erythropoietin (EPO)
Lower blood pressure/Antihypertensive Amlodipine
Atenolol
Doxazosin
Enalapril
Lisinopril
Nifedipine
Perindopril or Ramipril
Phosphate binder Alucaps
Calcichew

Phosex
Renagel
Reduce acid in your stomach/Antacid Cimetidine
Lansoprazole
Omeprazole

Ranitidine
Reduce cholesterol in your blood Atorvastatin
Simvastatin
Relieve constipation Lactulose
Senna
Thin your blood Aspirin
Vaccines All
Various ailments Drugs you can buy over the counter
Vitamin D tablets Alphacalcidol
Water tablets/Diuretics Bumetanide
Frusemide
Metolazone

See also 'Prescription charges in the UK - can you get them for free?'


The National Kidney Federation cannot accept responsibility for information provided. The above is for guidance only. Patients are advised to seek further information from their own doctor.

NKF Controlled Document No. 64: Commonly Prescribed Drugs written:  last reviewed: 06/09/2015