Improper use of certain medicines could cause kidney damage

It has been well documented that the improper use of certain painkillers and botanical (herbal) medicines could result in kidney failure.  See information from the U.S. National Kidney Foundation and the Cleveland Clinic

In our hospitals, we have also observed links between overuse of certain botanical medicines and kidney damage.  Our practical experience shows that kidney patients should be cautious in taking medicines or supplements containing the following botanical medicinal substances: tripterygium wilfordii (used to treat rheumatoid arthritis); croton tiglium (used as purgative); akebia quinata (used as diuretic) stephania tetrandra (used to treat rheumatoid arthritis); aconitum kusnezoffii Reichb (used for pain relief); and euphorbia kansui (laxative). Kidney patients should discuss with their nephrologist if they are taking any medicine or supplement that contains these botanical substances.  Our doctors are also available by phone or email to help and educate the patients concerning the impact on kidney if these medicinal substances are not used properly.