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What should I tell my doctor before starting peritoneal dialysis?

Before starting peritoneal dialysis, talk with your doctor about your medical history. Mention all prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements that you take. Tell your doctor about the following:
  • nutritional problems
  • lung or breathing problems 
  • low blood levels of minerals (including potassium, calcium and magnesium)
  • recent stomach conditions (such as surgeries, tumors, infections, hernias and open wounds)
  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding 
  • if you use insulin for diabetes
  • if you take blood pressure medications 
  • if you have allergies

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