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Top 5 Things You Need to Know About DaVita Rx

Here are the top five things you need to know about DaVita Rx, the kidney care pharmacy. There is also other important information you should understand when you choose DaVita Rx.

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DaVita Rx Frequently Asked Questions

Are you looking to have DaVita Rx be your kidney care pharmacy? Do you have questions you want answered before you make that decision? Here are frequently asked questions to help guide you.

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DaVita DaVita Rx℠ Medication Adherence

If you are on dialysis, chances are you’re also taking a number of different medications. Each medication has a special purpose and is meant to help you. However, if you take too much, take it at the wrong time of day or combine medications that shouldn’t be taken together, you may end up harming yourself. Learn more about medication adherence and how DaVita Rx, the kidney care pharmacy, can help.

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Home dialysis treatment choices

Home dialysis is convenient and effective. Whether you are new to dialysis, thinking about switching dialysis treatments or just wondering if your current type of treatment could be done at home, there are different options available. Learn more about home dialysis treatments.

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Your first day on in-center hemodialysis

Your first day of dialysis can be a bit scary if you don’t know exactly what will happen. When you walk into your dialysis center for the first time, it may make you feel more comfortable if you know what to expect from your dialysis treatment and your health care team. Calm your nerves by learning what you can generally expect on your first day of treatment.

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What is hemodialysis?

Hemodialysis is a treatment for end stage renal disease (ESRD), or kidney failure, in which blood is removed from the body, filtered through an artificial kidney and then the cleaned blood is returned to the body. In the United States, hemodialysis is the most common treatment for people who have kidney failure. Learn how hemodialysis works and the advantages and disadvantages of this renal replacement therapy.

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What happens if someone stops dialysis?

Every person with end stage renal disease (ESRD) has the right to stop or not start dialysis. Without dialysis or a kidney transplant, once a patient reaches complete kidney failure life can usually be maintained for anywhere from a few days to several weeks. For the patient, the decision not to dialyze should be an informed and voluntary choice. For family and friends of the person with kidney failure, the decision not to have treatment may be difficult to understand. However, with advance planning, patients can spend their last days how and where they choose.

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What dialysis can and cannot do

When people hear dialysis is a treatment for kidney failure they sometimes think dialysis can do everything a healthy kidney can do. Learn what dialysis can and can’t do and how medications work with dialysis to replace healthy kidney function.

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What are my dialysis choices?

When people find out they need dialysis, they may not be aware that several types of dialysis are available to fit their health and lifestyle needs. If you just found out you need dialysis to treat kidney failure, or if you are on dialysis and would like to explore other modality options, learn more about the dialysis modalities and what each one may offer you.

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Switching dialysis treatment

Are you doing peritoneal dialysis and wonder if you can switch to hemodialysis? Or are you on hemodialysis and curious if peritoneal dialysis would be right for you? Many people with end stage renal disease (ESRD) have thought about switching treatment programs, whether it was for medical or lifestyle needs. Learn more about switching dialysis treatments and decide whether or not making a change would be right for you.

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Peritoneal dialysis (PD): a home dialysis choice for people with kidney failure

Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is a form of home dialysis that allows people who need dialysis more freedom with their schedules. PD is a safe and effective way to remove toxins and extra fluid from the body when the kidneys are unable to do so. DaVita® nephrologist, Dr. Mark Shapiro, talks about PD as a home dialysis option for those with end stage renal disease. Find out more about peritoneal dialysis to see if it may be the right dialysis choice for you.

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Nocturnal hemodialysis

Nocturnal hemodialysis is a dialysis treatment option that people perform at night for approximately eight hours while they sleep. More dialysis centers are now offering nocturnal dialysis as a treatment option. Learn about nocturnal hemodialysis to see if it's right for you.

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In-center self care hemodialysis

In-center self care hemodialysis makes it possible for dialysis patients to be actively involved in their care. In center self-care hemodialysis empowers dialysis patients by giving them greater control of their care, increasing self esteem and improving quality of life. It can also serve as a smooth transition to home dialysis. Learn more to find out if in-center self care is right for you.

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If I had kidney failure, which dialysis treatment would I choose?

Many health care professionals are asked by their chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients, if they had kidney failure, which dialysis treatment would they choose? Dr. Robert Provenzano gives a summary of the various dialysis options kidney patients have, and tells which treatment he would choose if he faced kidney failure.

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How dry weight and fluid gain affect dialysis patients

People on hemodialysis are weighed before and after each dialysis treatment. This is to record how much fluid was removed during the hemodialysis treatment. One goal of dialysis is to remove the fluid gained since the last time at dialysis and to get the patient back to their dry weight. Find out how dry weight is determined, how fluid gain between hemodialysis treatments can affect how a person feels during dialysis and in-between treatments and what can be done to help you feel your best.

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Dialyzer reuse for dialysis

If you are on hemodialysis, your dialysis center may resterilize its patients’ dialyzers. The dialyzer is a filter, often called the “artificial kidney,” which cleans the patient’s blood. Patients can opt to take part in their clinic’s reuse program by reusing their dialyzers for a number of times determined by their doctor or until the dialyzer is not efficient, whichever comes first. It is a safe, common procedure used in many hemodialysis facilities in the United States. Learn about reuse, how it is done and if it is right for you.

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Common drugs prescribed for dialysis patients

Dr. Robert Lynn is an award-winning nephrologist for his work in hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. He has written an article for about the medicines doctors prescribe for dialysis patients. Dr. Lynn believes it’s important for patients to understand what medicines they’re taking and why.

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