Treatments for CKD

Treatments for CKD

There’s no cure for chronic kidney disease (CKD), but treatment can help relieve the symptoms and stop it getting worse.

Your treatment will depend on the stage of your CKD.

The main treatments are:

lifestyle changes – to ensure you remain as healthy as possible

The following lifestyle measures are usually recommended for people with kidney disease:

lifestyle changes

lifestyle changes

medication – to control associated problems, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol

There’s no medicine specifically for CKD, but medication can help control many of the problems that cause the condition and complications that can occur as a result of it.

You may need to take medication to treat or prevent:

high blood pressure

high blood pressure

People with kidney disease should usually aim to get their blood pressure down to below 140/90mmHg, but you should aim to get it down to below 130/80mmHg if you also have diabetes.

There are many types of blood pressure medication, but medicines called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are often used. Examples include ramipril, enalapril and lisinopril.

Side effects of ACE inhibitors can include:

If the side effects of ACE inhibitors are particularly troublesome, you can be given a medication called an angiotensin-II receptor blocker (ARB) instead.

People with kidney disease
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