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Prednisone Side Effects on People with Glomerulonephritis

2013-09-24 16:49

Prednisone is a commonly used medication for people with glomerulonephritis.It can relieve symptoms and slow down renal function deterioration.However,prednisone can bring about a number of side effects on people with glomerulonephritis.

How does prednisone work in treating glomerulonephritis?

Glomerulonephritis is an immune-medicated disorder,in which immune system attacks the kidneys mistakenly.The abnormal immune response can cause inflammation in kidneys.If the inflammation can not be ceased,it will impair the tiny blood vessels in kidneys.As a result,a large amount of proteins will leak into urine.

Prednisone can suppress the inflammatory response in kidneys and reduce the permeability of renal blood vessels.So it plays a vital role in reducing the proteinuria in glomerulonephritis.

However,long-term use of prednisone can give rise to a host of side effects on people with glomerulonephritis.

Eye disease

Posterior subcapsular cataract is commonly seen among people with glomerulonephritis who are on prednisone.Eye problems include intraocular pressure, glaucoma, and posterior subcapsular cataracts.

Weak immunity

Prednisone not only can suppress the abnormal immune system response, but also can affect the normal immune system. Immunologic side effects include impairment of cell-mediated immunity with increased patient susceptibility to bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections.

Bone disease

Prednisone can inhibit intestinal calcium absorption and increase urinary calcium excretion leading to bone resorption and bone loss. Musculoskeletal side effects include osteoporosis,vertebral compression fractures etc.

In addition, prednisone also can affect the patients’ skin, nerver system etc for people with glomerulonephritis.

In consideration of the side effects of prednisone on people with glomerulonephritis,the patients are eager to find a natural treatment for the disease. Is there any natural treatment for glomerulonephritis?

Chinese herbal medicine can correct the immune dysfunction and help the body rebuild normal immune system.Also,it can control the symptoms of glomerulonephritis by restoring the impaired kidney structure and enhancing renal function fundamentally.

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