Making a Plan for
Taking Medications While on Dialysis
Following directions for each of your medications
Since you’re undergoing dialysis treatment to clean your blood and maintain chemical balance, managing all of your medications and taking them exactly as prescribed—on time and with or without food as prescribed—is especially important. Taking your medications as prescribed will help keep you as healthy as possible.
Medications commonly taken by people on dialysis
|Medicine||Why it’s important|
|Renal (Kidney) Vitamin and Nutritional Vitamin D||Provides vitamins and other nutrients needed due to loss during dialysis, inadequate dietary intake or increased nutritional needs|
|Iron||Helps enhance hemoglobin production and treat anemia due to dietary deficiencies or blood loss|
|Phosphate Binder||Helps reduce phosphorus absorption that was consumed in the diet|
|Stool Softener||Relieves constipation due to limited fluid intake, certain medications, or inactivity|
|Heparin||Prevents blood clots from forming in dialysis tubing or dialyzer|
|Epogen, Aranesp or Mircera||Combats anemia and elevates blood count|
Take advantage of monthly medication check-ins
5 tips for managing your medications
MAKE YOURSELF A CHEAT SHEET
Keep track of all your medications—your pharmacist can help ensure there are no conflicts with any existing or new medications. He or she can also help you understand your medications and medication labels.
FreseniusRx pharmacists specialize in kidney medications. You can fill all your kidney medication prescriptions with FreseniusRx if you’d like to—just tell your nurse. Be sure to let FreseniusRx know what other medications you are taking and one of the pharmacy team members will let you know if there is any potential for a drug interaction.
Track your daily regimen—use a pill organizer and keep a paper or digital medication checklist so you don’t miss a dose. You may even want to set an alarm to remind you. If you need help sorting your pills, ask someone in your support network for help.