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Steroid Therapy Side Effects in Patients with Nephrotic Syndrome

Nephrotic syndrome is a common kidney disease which consists of a group of symptoms. Steroid therapy usually is used to manage the symptoms of nephrotic syndrome. As a result, the side effects also affect the patients.

Here are some common side effects in patients with nephrotic syndrome for your information.

Repeated Infection

Long-term steroids can suppress the protective role of your immune system and increase your risk of infection, in patients with Nephrotic Syndrome. Get immediate medical attention for signs of possible infection, such as high fever, productive cough, pain while passing urine, or large "boils" on the skin.

Immune Response

Steroid Therapy acts in multiple ways to inhibit the immune system and so their use is associated with an increased susceptibility to infection. A predisposition to bacterial, viral, fungal, and candidal infections can all occur.

Growth suppression

Corticosteroids inhibit linear growth. Unlike the other side effects of steroids growth suppression is helped by alternate day treatment. It is a more severe problem for children or teenagers patients.


Thinning of the bones, with an increase in fracture risk, can be a result of steroid therapy. At the beginning or before the start of steroid therapy, many physicians ask their patients to have a bone density test, especially if the steroid dose is high.

Nephrotic syndrome patients are suggested to avoid smoking and drinking, because smoking and alcohol increase the risk of osteoporosis, so reduce or eliminate these habits as much as possible.

Behavioral Changes

Mood swings, euphoria, depression, and suicide attempts may all occur in previously stable personalities. Sleep disturbance is well recognised with insomnia. It will decrease the life quality for patients with nephrotic syndrome.

Weight Gain

Steroid Therapy can increase your appetite, which may cause wight again over time. And you may experience fatty abdomen.

Side effects of steroid therapy shows differently in each case. Leave your message below and get the personal side effects evaluation of steroid therapy from our free experts.

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