I have high anxiety due to many reasons and just finding out I have CKD has only made it worse. The only way I get any sleep is by taking Xanax, but I'm not sure what effect that has on my kidneys.
Will taking Xanax worsen my kidney disease?
Question posted by scaredandconfused on 3 Nov 2011
Last updated on 2 April 2019
I just looked up this very same question and went straight to the kidney foundation for an answer. The question that was posted was can 30 years of Xanax use cause kidney damage? And the answer was that Xanax does not cause kidney damage. So in the case of whether you already have CKD or not I don't think that it makes a difference as they were very clear in their answer that Xanax does not cause kidney damage. So I think that you can confidently rest assured that you will be just fine. I also have CKD stage 3 (a) and have been taking Xanax for 25 years. I have some ideas of what could have made mine worse but not what caused it. Chronic use of Ibuprofen for one. I also abused cocaine from the age of 16 to 47 and evidently that can cause severe damage to one's kidneys. Wish I had known. Probably wouldn't have made a difference at the time to be honest. Unfortunately I cannot do dialysis as I was an IV drug user and I have so much scar tissue on my veins that they would be unable to use them. I wish you the best.
I've a kidney infection and kidney stones right now, and I take xanax with no problems. However, if you are truly concerned, call your pharmacist.
Or you can go above (blue bar) to Drugs A to Z and look up Xanax, to read if it will harm your kidneys. Somehow I think not, but calling your pharmacist never hurts!!
Best wishes to you!
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