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Open up your medicine cabinet at home and you're likely to find at least one type of pain medication. Often people don't realize that these same medications that help your pounding headaches disappear, reduce your fevers, and alleviate your aches and pains can have dangerous side effects including harming the kidneys. It's important to always read the label and weigh the risks and benefits before taking a particular medication.
To spread the word about the importance of protecting your kidneys when taking pain medications, the National Kidney Foundation has joined the Alliance for Rational Use of NSAIDs, a new public health coalition of professional and patient organizations to increase awareness about safe and appropriate use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Before you reach into the medicine cabinet, here are the National Kidney Foundation's Top 5 Tips about Pain Killers and Your Kidneys:
While working to increase awareness about NSAID side effects and the negative impact that they can have on the kidneys, the National Kidney Foundation and Alliance for Rational Use of NSAIDs recognize the value that NSAIDs serve in the pain community. Fear of side effects should not prevent people from taking NSAIDs, since untreated pain can become a serious health issue. Know the facts and be an informed patient to make choices that are best for you and your body!