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Steroid Therapy for Kidney Disease

Steroid TherapyWhat is steroid therapy?

Steroid therapy is commonly used in clinic to treat various of kidney diseases that relates to autoimmune system. One or more than one steroids medications will be used to suppress the over-reactive immune reaction and improve immune function. However, as a matter of fact, it is mainly effective relieving some symptoms of chronic kidney diseases, such as edema, proteinuria, blood in the urine, high blood pressure and so on.

What are some types of steroids?

Some corticosteroid medicines include cortisone, prednisone, and methylprednisolone. Prednisone is the most commonly used type of steroid to treat certain chronic kidney diseases.

Benefits for managing chronic kidney disease

When inflammation threatens to damage critical body organs, steroids can be organ-saving and in many instances, life-saving. For example, steroids may prevent the progression of kidney inflammation, which could lead to kidney failure in people who have lupus or vasculitis. For these patients, steroid therapy might eliminate the need for kidney dialysis or transplantation.

Steroids help control and relieve some common symptoms of kidney disease like swelling, high blood pressure, protein in the urine, blood in the urine, etc mainly by decreasing inflammation and reducing the activity of the immune system, which can help slow down the progression of condition.

What are the possible side effects of steroids?

The occurrence of side effects depends on the dose, type of steroid, and length of treatment. Common side effects of steroids include: increased appetite, weight gain, sudden mood swings, muscle weakness, increased growth of body hair, lower resistance to infection, swollen face, osteoporosis, acne, high blood pressure, worsening of diabetes, stomach irritation, nervousness, restlessness, having difficulty sleeping, cataracts or glaucoma, etc.

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What are the contraindications of steroids?

Severe mental disease, epilepsia, active peptic ulcer disease, newly gastrointestinal anastomosis, fracture, wound healing period, keratohelcosis, the hypercortisolism, severe high blood pressure and Diabetes, pregnant woman, varicella, fungal infection and so on.

Some notes when taking steroids

-Don’t stop taking the mediations without your doctor’s guidance.

-Don’t increase or decrease the dose without consulting your doctor.

-Parents should monitor their children to use steroids closely since steroids can cause growth retardation. Meanwhile, the parents should observe if their children develop eye problems, osteoporosis, infections, etc.

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