Treatments

Depending on the stage and severity of the condition, there are a number of different treatments for chronic kidney disease (CKD), including medication, dialysis and transplant.

Medication for chronic kidney disease

If you have mild CKD (stages 1 to 3) you may not be prescribed any specific medications for your kidneys. If your CKD is more severe, you may be prescribed specific medication to treat your symptoms, to help with dialysis or to prepare you for a possible kidney transplant.
Information about CKD medication

Understanding CKD stages and treatment

The five stages of kidney disease indicate how well your kidneys are working. At each stage, your medical team will treat you to help keep your kidneys working as well as possible, for as long as possible.

  • Haemodialysis (HD)

    About haemodialysis: how it works, who needs it, how if affects you, side effects, and sources of further information and support

  • Peritoneal dialysis (PD)

    About peritoneal dialysis: what’s involved, different types of PD, how it works, benefits and drawbacks, and sources of further information and support

  • Transplantation

    Kidney transplantation is a treatment for severe kidney disease. It involves an operation to replace your damaged kidneys with a new kidney from either a living or deceased donor.

80 years of the ‘artificial kidney'

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Dialysis through the years

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