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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 1995  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 9-14
Effect of Short-Term Use of Different Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs on Renal Function During Fasting in Ramadan


1 Department of Medicine, King Khalid University Hospital, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Medical Pharmacology, King Khalid University Hospital, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Family Community Medicine, King Khalid University Hospital, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Hussein F Al-Arfaj
Department of Medicine, King Khaled University Hospital, P.O. Box 7805, Riyadh 11472
Saudi Arabia
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This study was conducted to determine the combined effect of Ramadan fasting and short-term use of different non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) on renal function in healthy volunteers. The study subjects were assigned to six different groups, five of whom took different NSAIDs (namely nabumetone, indomethacin, diclofenac, sulindac, tenoxicam) and the sixth was a control group. Data were collected on serum sodium, chloride, potassium, urea, creatinine, bicarbonate and uric acid as well as urinary osmolarity, sodium, potassium, chloride and urea. These measurements were taken before fasting, 10 days into fasting while using NSAIDs, and five days after stopping the use of NSAIDs. The results showed slight changes in serum and urine measurements during fasting while using NSAIDs. These changes, although were significant in some cases, were within the normal range and were noted in all the study groups including the control group. We conclude that short-term use of NSAIDs in healthy subjects during fasting is not associated with any major adverse effects on the renal function.


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