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Prednisone is one kind of glucocorticoid used widely to deal with kidney disease such as Nephrotic Syndrome and FSGS. However, long-term use of prednisone can cause some severe side effects. Then, patients have to find some alternative to p

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Alternative to Prednisone for Kidney Disease Patients

2014-03-29 03:33

Alternative to Prednisone for Kidney Disease PatientsPrednisone is one kind of glucocorticoid used widely to deal with kidney disease such as Nephrotic Syndrome and FSGS. However, long-term use of prednisone can cause some severe side effects. Then, patients have to find some alternative to prednisone for managing their kidney disease. Are there such medications?

Firstly, we should know the effects of prednisone for kidney patients.

As one common medications to manage kidney disease, prednisone has several effects including:

- Anti-inflammation and anti-allergy

- Inhibiting the proliferation of connective tissues

- Reducing the permeability of capillary wall and cell membrane

- Declining the exudation of inflammatory substances

- Preventing the formation and release of histamine and other toxic substances

With these effects, prednisone can help ease patients’ swelling and proteinuria. Besides, prednisone can also help slow down the progress of patients’ illness condition.

Alternative medications to prednisone for kidney patients

According to the effects of prednisone, several medications can work as alternatives to prednisone. However, individuals have a great difference to choose these alternative medicines, because their illness conditions change a lot from other patients. Consult online doctor to see which one is suitable for you.

1. Other glucocorticoid: Besides prednisone, cortisone, hydrocortisone, prednisolone, methylprednisolone, etc, are common glucocorticoids. For different patients, they need to take different medications.

2. Thunder god vine: This is one common Chinese medicine that has the effects of anti-inflammation, regulating immune system, expanding blood vessels and increasing the blood flow. Therefore, this herbal medicine is used commonly as the alternative to prednisone.

3. Immunotherapy: Compared with the above medications, Immunotherapy is one systemic treatment. With six steps, Immunotherapy can not only remove pathogenic factors out of the body but also repair damaged kidney cells. Besides, this therapy can reduce the side effects of glucocorticoids including prednisone.

No one alternative medication or treatment is suitable for all kidney patients. If you want to know which one is best for you, you can have a further talk with doctor online.

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