Life After Donation


Things to avoid after donation:

  • Activities that could injure your kidney, like kickboxing
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (aka NSAIDs, pronounced “N-said-zz”) like ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Aleve, Excedrin, etc.
      • Instead, use Tylenol (acetaminophen) for aches/pains/fevers
  • Drinking lots of protein shakes
      • If this is a part of your normal diet, ask your transplant team to refer you to a nutritionist who can help you make a plan that will work for you and your kidney.
  • Binge drinking of alcohol
  • Getting IV contrast (through a tube that runs into the vein in your arm) when you get a medical imaging study like a CT scan
      • This may sometimes be medically necessary, but the doctor ordering the imaging should be told that you are a living kidney donor.
  • Smoking
  • Herbal medications

Things to do after donation:

  • Visit your primary care doctor for a check-up every year
  • Keep your body mass index, or BMI, below 30
  • Get your blood pressure checked at least annually and keep it below 130/80
  • Exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet
  • Tell all health care professionals that take care of you that you are a living kidney donor