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Is There Any Other Alternative than Using Prednisone for Minimal Change Disease

Question: I am a 32 years old male. I have Nephrotic Syndrome caused by Minimal Change Disease. I am actually in remission right now and I am tapering prednisone, stared at 65 mg daily and nor at 35 mg daily. But I am starting to relapse again. Swelling has come back. I am curious to know if there is any other alternative than using prednisone.

Is There Any Other Alternative than Using Prednisone for Minimal Change DiseaseAnswer: Nephrotic Syndrome relapses when you taper prednisone, which indicates that you may be steroid-dependent. Besides prednisone, there are many kinds of medicines for Minimal Change Disease.


For steroid-depend patients, doctors often use immunosuppressants such as cyclophosphamide, cyclosporin A, cellcept and so on together with steroids to help them eliminate proteinuria, edema and some other symptoms. But no matter immunosuppressants or steroids have many side effects if used for long-term. Besides, they can lower your immune system so as to expose you to many other diseases.


Some researches show that Chinese medicine can reduce the side effects of western medicine and western medicine can speed up Chinese medicine to take effect quickly. Therefore, the combination of western medicine and Chinese medicine is preferred. Immunotherapy is such a combination. It can cleanse immune complexes from the blood to eliminate kidney inflammation. It can also block immune reaction to reduce the production of immune complexes and increase the kidneys’ tolerance to immune complexes so as to prevent inflammation. Moreover, it can set up a good blood environment for kidney self-healing. What is the most important, it can strengthen your immune system to reduce relapse frequency.

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