If you are addicted to taking herbal drugs or pain killers, you may want to take a chill pill.

A Consultant Nephrologist at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Dr. Enajite Okaka, has cautioned against excessive intake of painkillers.

Okaka, who spoke on Thursday in Benin during the World Kidney Day, blamed the increase in kidney-related diseases on abuse and misuse of painkillers and unregulated use of herbal medicines.

She said: “Painkillers can cause kidney disease and you know, we take them in large amount and for a long period of time.

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“You see, people whose jobs are largely physical, they tend to end up with body aches and pains at the end of the day, they go to the chemist to buy medicines for body pains.

“More often than not, they (pharmacies) give them a cocktail of painkillers and they take them, they feel so good and relieved. So, they go back again and again, and that can damage their kidney.

“Some herbal medicines, too, can cause kidney problem. A lot of them do not have dosages, but people keep drinking it.

“Sometimes, people come to the hospital and by the time they present with kidney ailment, we usually discover that it is from the herbs they have been taking,” she said.