Question: My husband has end stage renal disease (ESRD), and now, his creatinine level increases to 530. Doctors have recommended dialysis. However, he wants to take medicines to decrease high creatinine 530, instead of dialysis. Any advice?
Doctor: Creatinine is one indicator for kidney function. Most often, doctors suggest patients to consider dialysis when their creatinine level rises to 500 or more. In fact, creatinine isn’t the most reliable indicator for kidney function. If high creatinine level is your husband’s only concern, some medications can still be helpful. Please, remember the premise is that your husband doesn’t have any other serious complication. Today, we will introduce several kinds of medications that can help lower high creatinine level.
1. Diuretic: It can help increase the urine output, so as to eliminate more creatinine out of the body. Besides western medications, some herbal medicines such as nettle leaf and dandelion root also have such property.
2. Ketosteril: Companied with low-protein diet, ketosteril can help slow down the progression of kidney disease and lower creatinine level. Consult your doctor to see whether you are available to take this medication.
Besides, some herbal medicines like astragalus also have an effect of decreasing high creatinine 530, through increasing kidney filtration rate and reduce the formation of creatinine. If you want to learn more about them, you can send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.