Medicines That Can Cause Acute Renal Failure
Many medicines can cause acute renal failure. Examples include:
- Antibiotics, such as aminoglycosides, cephalosporins, amphotericin B, bacitracin, and vancomycin.
- Blood pressure medicines called ACE inhibitors (such as captopril and ramipril) and angiotensin receptor blockers (such as candesartan and valsartan).
- Medicines used for cancer treatment (chemotherapy), such as cisplatin, carboplatin, and methotrexate.
- Dyes (contrast media) used in medical imaging tests.
- Illegal drugs, such as heroin and methamphetamine.
- Medicines used to treat HIV (protease inhibitors), such as indinavir and ritonavir.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, ketoprofen, or aspirin.
- Ulcer medicines such as cimetidine.
Other chemicals, such as insecticides, herbicides, and ethylene glycol, can also cause acute renal failure.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Tushar J. Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACP - Nephrology|
|Last Revised||May 10, 2011|