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Commonly Used Medicines for Lupus Nephritis

Time:  2014-01-10 10:42

Commonly Used Medicines for Lupus NephritisPrompt treatment is needed with diagnosis of Lupus Nephritis and this may benefit the patients through prolonging life span and increasing life quality. Oral medicines are necessary in the treatment for Lupus Nephritis; as with the help of these medications, illness can be brought under control quickly, which is extremely important. Well, what are the commonly used medicines for Lupus Nephritis? Read on to learn about it.

Glucocorticoid

Lupus Nephritis is an illness in which kidney tissues are damaged by inflammation. Glucocorticoid refers to a group of anti-inflammatory drugs which can decrease inflammation in kidney and thus help to protect healthy kidney tissues. Glucocorticoid like prednisone shows obvious effects in improving prognosis, but the usage of it must be monitored carefully by the doctors, because these drugs can cause a variety of potentially serious side effects.

Immunosuppressive drugs

In medicine, the most commonly used immunosuppressive agents are cyclophosphamide, azathioprine, cyclosporine, tacrolimus and mycophenolate mofetil and so on. These medicines work by suppressing immune system activity, so long-term usage of these medicines will lead to low immunity and make patients are susceptible for cold and infection. Additional, for children with Lupus Nephritis, if they take these medicines for a long time, their physical development and mental development will be affected. Therefore, it is necessary for them to find an alternative treatment, so as to avoid unnecessary health tissues.

Hypotensive drugs

Hypotensive drugs like ACE inhibitors (Angiotensin-converting Enzyme Inhibitors) and ARBs (Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers) will be needed if their blood pressure is elevated, as persistent high blood pressure will cause further damages on kidney.

Chinese herbs for Lupus Nephritis

Since inflammation plays an important role in the formation of kidney damages in cases of Lupus Nephritis, so reducing inflammation is very important. For immunosuppressive agents and glucocorticoid, they work well in blocking inflammation, but they are not the only option. In medicine, aside from them, some Chinese herbs like ginger and tumeric also can be used to achieve this goal.

What kind of medicines are used is usually based on patients’ exact illness condition, so it is of great importance for Lupus Nephritis patients to have an overall understanding about their illness before the treatment.

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