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What Are Side Effects of Prednisone for Nephrotic Syndrome

2013-01-04 08:57

As a kind of corticosteroids, prednisone is often prescribed for the person with Nephrotic Syndrome. It plays an important role to inhibit inflammation and immune reaction, induce diuresis and eliminate proteinuria. However, it may cause some side effects of prednisone for Nephrotic Syndrome if the person takes this medication in a long time. If you are one of these patients, you should pay attention to the following side effects.

1. You are more vulnerable to infection

Prednisone will weaken your immune system, so you become susceptible to the bacteria or virus or the infection you already have will be worsen. Take some methods as soon as you find your infections. To treat the infection, you can choose some antibiotics which can be metabolized by your liver rather than your kidney. At the same time, reducing the dose of prednisone or stopping completely may be necessary.

2. You may have face or eye swelling, short of breath, urticaria and chest pain

These symptoms are usually caused by a large dose of prednisone injected into the vein quickly. Changing the dose can remit these symptoms, but you must consult your doctor before reducing the dose.

3. Dangerous high blood pressure may occur

Severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath and uneven heartbeats all remind you of dangerous high blood pressure. High blood pressure can aggravate your Nephrotic Syndrome, so you should take some antihypertensive agents to control your blood pressure.

4. Pancreatitis may also occur easily

Severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting and fast heart rate all contribute to the symptoms of pancreatitis. If you have one or more these symptoms, you should tell to your doctor immediately.

In addition, there are many other side effects of prednisone for Nephrotic Syndrome. If you are suffering from one or more side effects and have to stop this medicine, you can learn about Chinese herbal medicines help treat Nephrotic Syndrome.

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