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Posted by: Jan | 2008/07/24

CKD MVP and Arestin

My dental hygienist has recommended that I have Arestin administered to three pockets in the gum surrounding a pre molar and molar. This is used to kill bacteria, reduce the size of the pockets, etc. I' m having trouble finding literature about the affects on patients who have chronic kidney disease and mitral valve prolapse with regurgitation. I' m also on HBP medication and Zocor. The only information I find is that disseminated by the OraPharma, Inc. company makers of Arestin. Can you shed any light on this medication (minocycline hydrochloride) Arestin Microspheres.
Thank you.

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Hallo Jan
Minocyclin is an antibiotic and would probably be a useful treatment for someone with chronic kidney disease and mitral valve prolapse, as infection around the gums is a source for blood borne bacteria that can cause heart valve infection (endocarditis) and kidney infection ( pyelonephritis) - both serious diseases.
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