Kidney Failure Can Be Fatal. Your kidneys play a vital function in this process by filtering the blood under high pressure and removing potential toxins, which are excreted from the body in the urine. Every day the kidneys filter the body’s entire blood volume seven or eight times. Kidney failure is a serious disease that can have a major impact on life, and can ultimately be fatal. When the kidneys start to fail, toxins are not filtered out of the blood, and start accumulates in the tissues. This can lead to a wide array of problems. Build up of two waste products, urea and creatinine, can lead to tiredness, weakness, loss of appetite and vomiting.
‘Kidney failure’ is also associated with an increase in the volume of water in the body, which can result in a swelling of the tissues. The common causes of kidney failure are glomerulonephritis (inflammation of the kidney) and diabetes mellitus. Other causes of kidney failure are kidney stones, kidney cysts, and an immune disorder called systemic lupus erythematosus, and uncontrolled high blood pressure.
Kidney Failure Symptoms
As the kidneys begin to fail the following symptoms can begin develop:
- Pale and sallow complexion
- Shortness of breath
- Body itch
- Disruption of urination patterns
- Poor appetite, sometimes accompanied with nausea and vomiting
- Swelling of the face and legs
Prescription drugs such as Crestor and Trasylol have been associated with causing ‘Kidney failure’.
On October 22, 2004, the consumer group Public Citizen said twenty-nine patients who took AstraZeneca’s cholesterol drug Crestor developed kidney damage. Public Citizen states, the rate of reported kidney problems is approximately 75 times higher with Crestor than with all other drugs in the same class combined. According to its analysis, there have been 6.4 reports of acute kidney failure or kidney damage for every 1 million Crestor prescriptions filled. Trasylol, manufactured by Bayer, is an injectable drug used to prevent excessive blood loss during heart surgery. It has been found to double the risk of kidney failure.
Legal Help For Victims Affected By Kidney Failure
If you or a loved one has been prescribed Accutane, Crestor or Trasylol and have been diagnosed with kidney failure, please fill out the form at the right for a free case evaluation by a qualified defective drug attorney or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).