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Study says taking Oral antibiotics could raise risk of kidney stones

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According to a new study, Children and adults treated with oral antibiotics may have a higher risk of developing kidney stones.

According to a new research published on Thursday in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology found that taking any of five classes of oral antibiotics -- oral sulfas, cephalosporins, fluoroquinolones, nitrofurantoin, and broad-spectrum penicillins -- were associated with a significantly higher risk of developing kidney stone disease.

For the study Researchers examined the sample of nearly 26,000 patients diagnosed with kidney stones, compared to nearly 260,000 control subjects.

After adjusting for mitigating factors such as age, sex, race, urinary tract infection, other medications and medical conditions they found that five types of oral antibiotics that are mentioned above are all associated with enhanced risk of kidney stones, when taken three to 12 months before diagnosis.

For broad-spectrum penicillins, the increased risk was 27 per cent higher, the researchers added. Risk did seem to decrease over time but remained elevated for up to five years after antibiotic use.

"Our findings suggest that antibiotic prescription practices represent a modifiable risk factor, a change in prescribing patterns might decrease the current epidemic of kidney stones in children," Tasian noted.

the study provides another motivation to be careful of over-
prescribing.


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