What causes interstitial nephritis?
Interstitial nephritis can be caused by the following problems:
- A reaction to a medicine, such as certain antibiotics
- Too much of certain medicines (pain relievers, such as acetaminophen, aspirin or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug [NSAID], or diuretics [water pills])
Interstitial nephritis may occur 2 or more weeks after you start a medicine. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions about a medicine you are taking.
Diagnosis and Management of Acute Interstitial Nephritis by CM Kodner, M.D. and A Kudrimoti, M.D. (American Family Physician June 15, 2003, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20030615/2527.html)
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