Nephrology Book


Nephrotoxic Drug

Aka: Nephrotoxic Drug, Nephrotoxin, Drug-induced Nephrotoxicity, Medication Causes of Acute Kidney Injury, Medication Causes of Acute Tubular Necrosis, Medication Causes of Interstitial Nephritis, Medication Causes of Glomerulonephritis, Medication Causes of Prerenal Failure, Medication Causes of Postrenal Failure, Toxic Nephropathy, Drug-Induced Renal Disease, Renal Toxin
  1. See Also
    1. Acute Tubulointerstitial Nephritis
    2. Nephrotoxicity due to NSAIDs
  2. Risk Factors: Nephrotoxicity
    1. See Nephrotoxicity Risk
    2. Concurrent medications that interfere with GFR autoregulation or renal blood supply
      1. Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE Inhibitors)
      2. Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARBs)
      3. Cycosporine
      4. Non-Steroidal Antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
      5. Tacrolimus
  3. Evaluation: Criteria to consider stopping agent due to nephrotoxicity
    1. Relative Serum Creatinine increase 50% over baseline
    2. Absolute Serum Creatinine increase
      1. Serum Creatinine baseline <2 mg/dl: Creatinine increase 0.5 mg/dl over baseline
      2. Serum Creatinine baseline >2 mg/dl: Creatinine increase 1.0 mg/dl over baseline
  4. Causes: Medication mediated injury by renal site
    1. Prerenal Failure Causes (primarily intra-renal Vasoconstriction)
      1. See Acute Prerenal Failure
      2. Duretics (volume depletion)
      3. Tacrolimus
      4. Cyclosporine
      5. NSAIDs inhibit cyclooxygenase
        1. Depletes renal vasodilatory Eicosanoids
        2. Exacerbates Vasoconstriction afferent arterioles
          1. Volume depletion
          2. Elderly
          3. Edema
      6. ACE Inhibitors (and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers) lower renal perfusion
        1. Result in dilated efferent arterioles
        2. Decrease Glomerular Filtration Rate
    2. Intrinsic Renal Failure - Interstitial causes (onset 2 weeks after medication started; analogous to renal Allergic Reaction )
      1. See Acute Interstitial Nephritis
      2. Penicillins and Cephalosporins
        1. Hypersensitivity (fever, rash, Arthralgia)
      3. Sulfonamides
        1. Vasculitis reaction
      4. NSAIDs
        1. Nephrotic Syndrome type reaction
      5. Acyclovir (Zovirax)
      6. Rifampin
      7. Diuretics (Thiazides and Lasix)
      8. Allopurinol
      9. Cimetidine
      10. Ciprofloxacin
      11. Phenytoin (Dilantin)
      12. Interferon
      13. Proton Pump Inhibitors (e.g. Omeprazole)
        1. Increasing Incidence, especially in older patients
      14. Other medications have caused AIN to a lesser extent
    3. Intrinsic Renal Failure - Tubular Injury causes (Acute Tubular Necrosis causes)
      1. Aminoglycosides (e.g. Tobramycin, Gentamycin)
      2. Amphotericin B
      3. Cidofovir
      4. Cisplatin
      5. Ethylene Glycol
      6. Foscarnet
      7. Hetastarch (Hydroxyethyl Starch)
      8. Intravenous Contrast Related Acute Renal Failure
      9. Intravenous Immunoglobulin (esp. with sucrose)
      10. Mannitol
      11. Methotrexate
      12. Pentamidine
      13. Synthetic Cannabinoids (e.g. K2)
      14. Tenofovir
      15. Vancomycin
    4. Intrinsic Renal Failure - Glomerular injury
      1. See Glomerulonephritis Causes (especially RPGN)
      2. Penicillamine
      3. Hydralazine
      4. Allopurinol
      5. Rifampin
    5. Postrenal causes (intrarenal obstruction at distal tubules)
      1. Uric Acid crystals (Hyperuricemia, Gout)
        1. Methotrexate
        2. Acyclovir
        3. Protease Inhibitors (e.g. Indinavir or Crixivan)
  5. Causes: Antibiotics
    1. Aminoglycosides (10-15% Incidence of Acute Tubular Necrosis)
      1. Occurs in 10-20% patients on 7 day course
      2. Results in non-oliguric increased Creatinine
      3. A single dose early in septic course is usually safe
    2. Sulfonamides
    3. Amphotericin B
      1. Incidence 80-90%, esp. with deoxycholic acid formulation
      2. Causes Acute Tubular Necrosis
    4. Foscarnet
    5. Quinolones (e.g. Ciprofloxacin, Levofloxacin)
    6. Rifampin
    7. Tetracycline
    8. Acyclovir (only nephrotoxic in intravenous form)
      1. Causes Acute Interstitial Nephritis and crystal nephropathy
    9. Pentamidine
    10. Vancomycin
    11. Piperacillin/Tazobactam (Zosyn) with Vancomycin
      1. Associated with greater Incidence of Acute Kidney Injury
      2. (2017) Clin Infect Dis 64(5): 666-74 [PubMed]
  6. Causes: Chemotherapy and Immunosuppressants
    1. Cisplatin
    2. Methotrexate
    3. Mitomycin
    4. Cyclosporine
    5. Ifosphamide (Causes Fanconi's Syndrome)
    6. Zoledronic Acid (Zometa)
  7. Causes: Heavy Metals
    1. Mercury Poisoning
    2. Lead Poisoning
    3. Arsenic Poisoning
    4. Bismuth
    5. Lithium related Kidney disorders
      1. Polydipsia and Nephrogenic Diabetes Insipidus
      2. Acute Renal Failure
        1. Dialysis indications: Creatinine >2.5 or Seizures, ALOC, Rhabdomyolysis
      3. Chronic Kidney Disease with fibrosis
  8. Causes: AntiHyperlipidemics
    1. Statin Drugs (Rhabdomyolysis)
    2. Gemfibrozil
      1. Associated with Acute Renal Failure due to Rhabdomyolysis
  9. Causes: Miscellaneous Drugs
    1. Chronic Stimulant Laxative use
      1. Resulting chronic volume depletion and Hypokalemia causes nephropathy
      2. For Bowel Preparation, use Polyethylene glycol (PEG) instead of phosphate or Magnesium prep
    2. Radiographic contrast
      1. See Intravenous Contrast Related Acute Renal Failure
    3. ACE Inhibitors
      1. Expect an increase of Serum Creatinine in Chronic Kidney Disease
      2. See ACE Inhibitors for guidelines on Serum Creatinine rise that warrants stopping medication
    4. NSAIDs
      1. See Nephrotoxicity due to NSAIDs
    5. Aspirin
      1. Low dose Aspirin reduces Renal Function in elderly
        1. Decreased Creatinine Clearance after 2 weeks of use
        2. Changes persisted for at least 3 weeks off Aspirin
        3. Segal (2003) Am J Med 115:462-6 [PubMed]
    6. Mesalamine (Asacol, Pentasa)
      1. Mesalamine is an NSAID analog and has systemic absorption from the bowel
      2. See Nephrotoxicity due to NSAIDs
    7. Chinese Herbals containing aristocholic acid
  10. Causes: Drugs of Abuse
    1. Cocaine
    2. Heroin
    3. Methamphetamine
    4. Methadone
  11. Causes: Reversible Serum Creatinine increase without significant effect on GFR
    1. Cimetidine
    2. Fenofibrate (Tricor)
    3. Trimethoprim
  12. References
    1. Endbruegger (2019) Etiology and Diagnosis of Prerenal Disease, UpToDate, accessed 12/3/2019
    2. Mercado (2019) Am Fam Physician 100(11): 687-94 [PubMed]
    3. Naughton (2008) Am Fam Physician 78(6): 743-50 [PubMed]
    4. Thatte (1996) Postgrad Med 100(6):83-100 [PubMed]

Toxic nephropathy (C0595916)

Concepts Disease or Syndrome (T047)
SnomedCT 236514003, 27893002
English NEPHROPATHY TOXIC, Nephropathy toxic, Toxicity renal, renal toxicity, toxic nephropathy (diagnosis), toxic nephropathy, nephropathy toxic, Toxic nephrosis, Toxic nephropathy, Toxic nephropathy (disorder), nephropathy; toxic, toxic; nephropathy, Toxic nephropathy, NOS
Italian Nefropatia tossica, Tossicità renale
Dutch renale toxiciteit, nefropathie; toxisch, toxisch; nefropathie, toxische nefropathie
French Toxicité rénale, NEPHROPATHIE TOXIQUE, Néphropathie toxique
German Nierentoxizitaet, toxische Nephropathie, NEPHROPATHIE TOXISCH, Nephropathie toxisch
Portuguese Toxicidade renal, NEFROPATIA TOXICA, Nefropatia tóxica
Spanish Toxicidad renal, NEFROPATIA TOXICA, nefropatía tóxica (trastorno), nefropatía tóxica, nefrosis tóxica, Nefropatía tóxica
Japanese 中毒性ネフロパシー, チュウドクセイネフロパシー, 腎毒性, ジンドクセイ
Czech Toxická nefropatie, Renální toxicita
Hungarian Toxikus nephropathia, Vesetoxicitás
Derived from the NIH UMLS (Unified Medical Language System)

renal toxin (C0597372)

Concepts Hazardous or Poisonous Substance (T131)
English renal toxin
Derived from the NIH UMLS (Unified Medical Language System)

Drug-induced renal disease (C3671895)

Concepts Finding (T033)
SnomedCT 282631000009106
English Drug-induced renal disease, Drug-induced nephrotoxicosis, Drug-induced renal disease (disorder)
Derived from the NIH UMLS (Unified Medical Language System)

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