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What Should I Do if Lasix Does Not Work for IgA Nephropathy Patients with Swelling

Question: I have IgA Nephropathy and I was wondering if anyone has ever had problems with Lasix (Furosemide) not working to lose swelling. I have up to 30 pounds of extra water weight, started with 40mg. Now at 200mg and can go up to 320mg daily. I read somewhere that the my high protein/urine problems make it harder for the body to lose the excess fluids. Does anyone have experience or advice?

What Should I Do if Lasix Does Not Work for IgA Nephropathy Patients with SwellingAnswer: Lasix (Furosemide) is a potent diuretic, which can help your body to remove the excessive fluid and salt so as to alleviate swelling. It can also be used to treat high blood pressure, high levels of potassium, etc.

How does IgA Nephropathy cause swelling?

As you referred, it is associated with high proteinuria. Massive protein leakage leads to the decreased plasma colloid osmotic pressure. And then fluid is oppressed into the tissue space, causing swelling. Besides, it may be caused by impaired kidney function.

Treatment for IgA Nephropathy patients with swelling

Diuretics are prescribed when your swelling is very severe. Lasix is one of them. But as we can see, lasix does not work on you. Long-term high dosage of lasix intake has many side effects, such as ringing in your ears, hearing loss, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice, severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, swelling, rapid weight gain, urinating less, etc.

Because your swelling is related with proteinuria, you should stop proteinuria and supplement moderate protein to recover plasma colloid osmotic pressure. Steroids and immunosuppressants are the common used drugs for proteinuria. And high quality protein such as egg white and lean meat can satisfy the need of body to protein.

In addition, you should repair the damaged kidneys and improve kidney function. Immunotherapy is a combination of western medicine and Chinese medicine. They can make up the respective shortcoming to help you regulate abnormal immune system, cleanse immune complexes and increase kidneys’ to immune complexes so as to eliminate kidney inflammation. Moreover, it can improve blood circulation and supplement essential nutrients to help the damaged kidneys repair themselves. When you regain your kidney function, you can lead a normal life.

What should I do if Lasix does not work for IgA Nephropathy patients with swelling? There are many choices for you. Our online doctors can help you make a wise decision according to your medical condition for free.

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