Prednisone is the first-line drug for the treatment of nephrotic syndrome. However, long term use of prednisone can cause a number of side effects on people with nephrotic syndrome.
How does prednisone to treat nephrotic syndrome?
Prednisone is an anti-inflammatory medication. It can reduce the permeability of the renal blood vessels to reduce protein loss in the urine. It is an effective control of proteinuria in nephrotic syndrome medicine.
Side effects of prednisone in nephrotic syndrome
The side effects of prednisone in nephrotic syndrome can be divided into short-term effects and long-term side.
The short-term effects include increased sodium retention related to weight and fluid accumulation, ulceration, glucose intolerance, hypokalemia, mood swings etc.
Long-term side prednisone in people with nephrotic syndrome effects mainly include:
Cardiovascular side effects include hypertension and congestive heart failure due to fluid retention and other long term direct vascular effects.
Prednisone can not only suppress the abnormal immune activity, but can also affect the normal immunity. Therefore, patients often suffer from weak immunity and are prone to bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infection.
Endocrine disorder can occur in people with nephrotic syndrome who are taking prednisone. Can cause impaired glucose tolerance and hyperglycemia. In severe cases, diabetes can occur. In addition, impotence, hirsutism and menstrual irregularities may occur in some cases.
In addition to those described above prednisone in people with nephrotic syndrome side effects, patients may also suffer from eye disease, skin disease etc.
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In consideration of the above described side effects, patients are eager to find an alternative to prednisone treatment for nephrotic syndrome.
The Chinese medicinal herbs are recommended for patients with nephrotic syndrome and proteinuria. Based on specific disease condition of patients, certain types of medications are prescribed. Herbal medicines can treat nephrotic syndrome and its underlying causes lie stop completely.