Q Can certain antibiotics lead to renal failure?
The kidneys clean the blood. When the kidneys don't funtion well, they don't clean the blood as well as they did before, and we build up waste products is our body. Some people, whether due to age, injury, illness, or general poor health have poor functioning kidneys. The kidneys function, but they are more sensitive due to their poor health.
Some medications that can harm the kidneys, and their ability to function. For example, certain antibiotics like gentamicin can harm the kidneys. Therefore, when you might need antibiotics like gentamicin that can harm the kidneys it is very important to:
(1) know whether the kidneys are healthy in the first place, and;
(2) if the kidneys are not healthy, then you should consider a different medication, and;
(3) if you still must use that medication, you should closely monitor the kidney function during the administration of the medication.
The point is, if you know the kidneys are weak in the first place, you must take that fact into account when you choose your medication. Otherwise, you risk total renal failure, sepsis, and death.
Once the kidney's function begins to decline, they can crash fast because as the kidneys fail the body builds up more and more waste product which in turn puts more stress on the kidneys which in turn can cause further harm to the kidneys. The end result can be total renal failure. Renal failure can lead to sepis and death.
If you or anyone you know has experienced renal failure after taking antibiotics you might be a victim of medical malpractice. In order to review your case you can call us, and we can help. Contact the lawyers at The Bartinik Law Firm, P.C., 100 Fort Hill Road, Groton, Connecticut at 860-445-8521 or toll free at 888-717-4211.