Nephrotic syndrome is usually successfully treated with a combination of medicines.
Medicines to treat nephrotic syndrome include:
- Reference Corticosteroids, such as prednisone or prednisolone, to reduce swelling.
- Reference Diuretics, such as bumetanide or furosemide, to help maintain fluid balance.
- Reference Cyclophosphamide, cyclosporine, or mycophenolate mofetil, when treatment with corticosteroids is not successful.
- Albumin, to restore blood volume.
Most children are successfully treated with corticosteroids, though relapses are common.Reference 1
Reference Clinical trials Opens New Window are ongoing to test more effective medicines for the treatment of steroid-resistant (relapsing) nephrotic syndrome. If treatment has not successfully controlled your nephrotic syndrome, ask your doctor about information on clinical trials. To take part in a clinical trial, you may need to travel to a large treatment center.
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Most children who have nephrotic syndrome do well with treatment and have a normal life expectancy.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference May 7, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Tushar J. Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACP - Nephrology