The aim of this study was to investigate whether bisphenol A (BPA), nonylphenol (NP), and octylphenol (OP) induce oxidative stress on the kidney tissue of male rats and whether coadministration of vitamin C, an antioxidant, can prevent any possible oxidative stress. The Wistar male rats were divided into seven groups, including control, BPA, NP, OP, BPA+C, NP + C, OP + C. BPA, NP, and OP (25 mg/kg/day) was administered alone; vitamin C (60 mg/kg/day) was administered along with BPA, OP, and NP to the rats for 50 days. There was a decrease in serum concentration of blood urea nitrogen (BUN) in NP and OP groups compared with control group. Vitamin C coadministration with BPA, NP, and OP did not produce significant increase in BUN concentration in BPA + C, NP+ C, and OP + C group as compared with BPA, NP, and OP groups, respectively. The lowest serum creatinine activity and the highest lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) activity was present in kidney of BPA+ C, NP+ C and OP+ C groups compared with BPA, NP, and OP groups. The malondialdehyde (MDA) levels were significantly higher while glutathione (GSH) levels were lower in treatment groups than controls. Furthermore, an increase was observed in MDA levels whereas a decrease was observed in GSH levels in BPA+ C, NP + C, and OP+ C groups compared with BPA, NP, and OP groups, respectively. These finding are in accordance with immunohistochemical staining of MDA and GSH. Histopathological examination of the kidneys of rats in BPA, OP, NP, BPA+ C, NP + C, and OP+ C groups revealed necrotic lesions, congestion, and mononuclear cell infiltration. In conclusion BPA, NP, and OP might induce oxidative damage in kidney of rats. In addition, coadministration of vitamin C with BPA, NP, and OP to male rats augments this damage in the kidney of male rats. (C) 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Environ Toxicol 26: 325-337, 2011.