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    Dramatic decreased kidney function.
    Lesterj5 posted:
    Hi I'm new to this website! I was diagnosed with kidney damage about 8 years ago.
    Last year, my kidney function was at 54%. As of this year (Oct. 17) my kidney function has dramatically decreased to 38%. My Nephrologist believes it could be from a medication I've been taking. Fenoglide(Fenofibrate).
    Has anyone else had this type of problem? And is 38% a not so bad reading?
    Also, when you have CKD how much water should you be drinking?

    Les Johnson
    john-skpt responded:
    It's a possibility. You might contact the doc who prescribed fenobibrate and see if there is a different med that would work (though fenobirate is usually used for cholesterol, and sometimes for gout, as a second med added to one of the traditional first-line meds.)

    When you consider that anything above about 60 (ml/min) is generally considered 'normal', then 54 is just a slight reduction, and 38 may not be all that terrible if that level is stable and not creeping downward every year. It would depends more on your age, overall health, and other ongoing medical concerns. Renal replacement therapy is generally required below about 20 GFR.

    The water question is a highly individual one: kidneys are generally happier with good hydration, but overdoing water intake can in some cases overload the heart and the kidneys. It's a balancing act that has to be tailored to each case.

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