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    Kidney Stones: Medicines That Increase Your Risk

    Topic Overview

    Some medicines make it more likely that you will develop a specific type of kidney stone.

    Calcium stones

    Medicines that make you more likely to develop calcium stones include:

    • Loop diuretics, such as furosemide and acetazolamide.
    • Some antacids.
    • Glucocorticoids, such as dexamethasone.
    • Theophylline.

    Vitamins C and D can increase your risk of calcium stones when you take more than the daily recommendations.

    Uric acid stones

    Medicines that make you more likely to develop uric acid stones include:

    • Thiazides, such as hydrochlorothiazide.
    • Aspirin products (salicylates).
    • Gout medicine, such as probenecid.

    Medicines that actually make stones

    Some medicines will result in your body making kidney stones. These include:

    • Potassium-sparing diuretics, such as triamterene.
    • Antivirals, such as acyclovir.
    • Protease inhibitors, such as indinavir.

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    Credits

    Current as ofMarch 14, 2018

    Author: Healthwise Staff
    Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
    Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
    Tushar J Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACP - Nephrology