Steroids are widely used in IgA Nephropathy. They can inhibit renal inflammation and reduce proteinuria, but many patients worry about their side effects. In this article, let’s talk about this kind of medicine.
When hearing that steroids have a lot of side effects, many kidney patients begin to hesitate whether they should use it or not. Some renal patients give up steroids during treatment. And some renal patients begin to complain. In fact, steroids are not that terrible as you imagine. If you can use it correctly, it can play its role fully and become the essential medicine.
To get the hormones to work, you should keep these five principles in mind:
1. To take medicine on time, which can reduce the side effects
If there is no special conditions, it is generally recommend to take steroids when you get up in the morning. It is mainly to keep up with the time of body hormone metabolism. In general, glucocorticoid in body reaches the peak at 8 am. If you can take medicine at this time, side effects of steroids can be reduced greatly. Steroid drugs and your own steroid can combine to give full play to the role of anti-inflammation and reducing proteinuria.
2. To take medicine according to dosage, the effect will be better.
If you want to maximize the effect of hormones and minimize the side effects, you should follow the principle of "start with a small dose, gradually increase the amount, and decrease the amount slowly" when using hormones. If you use a large dose at the beginning, it will be harmful to the disease control, and will aggravate the disease due to the low immunity of the body, causing infection and other conditions.
By gradually increasing the dosage and sufficient dosage of drugs, we can strengthen the control of renal inflammation and proteinuria, and keep the dosage of hormones to maintain the long-term stability of proteinuria, and then reduce the amount after a period of stability. In this way, the efficacy can be maximized and the effect is obvious.
But remember not to stop medicine suddenly, lest cause relapse, immune or metabolic disorder problem.
3. During medication, avoid infection when tapering the medicine.
Infection can make proteinuria worse. As long as there are inflammatory factors in the body, renal function will be damaged again, and the disease will relapse. As a result, the medicine previously taken is also in vain. Therefore, try to avoid the occurrence of colds and other infections during steroid treatment.
4. Steroids can be used together with Chinese medicine. They can promote each other.
Steroid is a typical western medicine. Although it has good effect on reducing protein and inflammation, its side effects are also obvious. If you can combine traditional Chinese medicine treatment, which gives full play to the function of traditional Chinese medicine detoxification and balance, you can reduce the side effect of steroids greatly.
5. Steroids are good, but do not abuse.
Although the effect of steroid is obvious, it must not be abused for the sake of purely pursuing effect, in order to avoid causing immune system disorder, liver function damage, femoral head necrosis, gastrointestinal bleeding and other situations.
Now you know the five principles of steroid treatment for IgA Nephropathy. If you still have any other questions on IgA Nephropathy treatment, please leave a message below or contact online doctor.