Making a Plan For
CKD Treatment

When you’re learning to manage chronic kidney disease (CKD), a little planning can go a long way. Take some time to get organized and know what to expect. By getting involved in the planning, you can help shape your life on treatment—and thrive.


Whether you’re getting ready for dialysis or want to switch to a different type of dialysis, our Treatment Decision Guide can help you decide what treatment options might be best for you.
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Taking Medications While on Dialysis 

To help you get the most out of your dialysis treatment, you’ll likely be taking various medications. If you also have other health conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, your Care Plan may include additional medications prescribed by your doctor. 


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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

Each month, your doctor will meet with you to review all of your medications to make sure that you are getting the medications you need. Depending on your blood test results and how you are feeling, your doctor may want to prescribe alternate medications or adjust some of your doses. Remember, your feedback is always important to your doctor and treatment team. So speak up, ask questions and let them know how you’re really feeling.

5 tips for managing your medications

Making dialysis meds cheat sheet


Having trouble remembering what medications to take and when? Print and fill out this handy reminder sheet. 

Even if you track your medication with an app, it’s important to keep a paper copy in case of an emergency. 
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Talk to your treatment team about the medications you’re taking—bring them with you to your monthly medication review at the dialysis center if your doctor or nurse requests it. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or nurse right away—your treatment team wants to help as early as possible if you’re having issues.
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Understand each medication—make sure you know what each medication does and how it benefits you.
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Check with your nephrologist (kidney doctor) before taking any new medications—including antibiotics, cold or allergy medicines, pain relievers, vitamins or herbal supplements, any of which your body may use differently when you have end stage renal disease (ESRD). Always tell your nephrologist about any new medications prescribed by your other doctors.
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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.
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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.
Dialysis meds conversation

Need help paying for medication? 

Make sure you know what’s covered under your insurance plan. You can also ask your social worker about programs you may be eligible for that can help with paying for medications.
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Prescriptions made easy

FreseniusRx fills your prescriptions and sends them either to your clinic (where allowed by law) or to your home—right when you need them.
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