MULTIPLE MYELOMA KNOWLEDGE CENTER

Myeloma Kidney Failure Treatment

Treatment: Fluids and Avoiding Certain Drugs
Kidney failure caused by multiple myeloma requires immediate treatment. Myeloma patients with kidney problems should make sure to drink plenty of fluids and avoid taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as Aleve (naproxen) and Advil/ Motrin (ibuprofen).

Treatment: Plasmapheresis and Dialysis
In some cases, a procedure called plasmapheresis may be helpful in order to slow or prevent kidney failure. The abnormal antibodies produced by myeloma can cause the blood to become thick, which can affect the kidney. With plasmapheresis, blood is withdrawn and the excess M-protein is separated out. Fluid is then infused back into the patient. If kidney impairment is severe, dialysis may be used.