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Is Azathioprine Good for FSGS patients

Is Azathioprine Good for FSGS patientsNowadays, you may be recommended to use the azathioprine or glucocorticoid to treat FSGS, if you are a patient with FSGS. However, is azathioprine really good for FSGS patients? Here, you can find the answer in the article.

Information of FSGS

As its name implies, FSGS is a disease that some sections of glomeruli are scarred. With injured glomeruli, FSGS patients always experience severe proteinuria, swelling, high blood pressure and so on. If those symptoms are not controlled tightly, they will aggravate illness condition and cause further health disease. Therefore, bringing all the symptoms under control is an important part of the whole treatment for FSGS.

Benefits of using azathioprine for FSGS patients

Azathioprine is an immunosuppressive drug used to inhibit the immune response. It can reduce the glomerular filtration membrane permeability so as to achieve the purpose of reducing proteinuria. For FSGS patients, especially who have undergone a kidney transplant, azathioprine is used to prevent the body from rejection. It is also used to treat symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, it has made a significant effect if it combines with cortical hormone.

Side effects of using azathioprine for FSGS patients

Long-term use of azathioprine may increase the risk of developing certain types of cancer(e.g. skin cancer). Azathioprine may also cause serious blood disorders. It can decrease bone marrow function, lower number of white blood cells and reduce your body’s ability to against an infection.

Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, bleeding, fever and so on.

To sum up, azathioprine has both advantages and disadvantage for FSGS patients. You’d better consult your doctor before taking azathioprine for a wise decision. Besides, in order to avoid side effects of azathioprine, many new natural therapies are created, such as Immunotherapy, Acupuncture, Medicated Bath and so on.

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