Characterized by foamy urine and swelling, Minimal Change Disease (MCD) affects many people’s health, especially children. To manage this kidney disease, steroid therapy, prednisone, is used commonly. However, quite a number of patients don’t respond or become dependent to this medicine. In this case, they must wonder whether there are alternatives to prednisone for minimal change disease.
Prednisone and minimal change disease
MCD patients who take prednisone usually reduce their dosage gradually within 4-6 months, and 90% of patients can get remission with this medication. However, about 50% of patients have relapse of MCD after stopping their medication, and the other patients may become dependent to prednisone. However, the longer patients taking this steroid, the more side effects.
Are there alternatives to prednisone for people with minimal change disease?
Fortunately, the answer is yes. Some treatments do help these patients reduce the side effects of prednisone and control patients’ symptoms from the root. However, different treatments are suitable for different patients. (If you want to know which one is available for you, leave a message below, so we can find your problem and give you answer early.)
Here, there are some alternative treatments to prednisone, and you can get a general overview firstly.
1. Medicated Bath: Patients who have taken prednisone are usually at high risk of infections, cold, fever, chills, because this medication works through inhibiting patients’ immune system. Medicated bath is one natural remedy that can help regulate immune system and improve blood circulation. Therefore, it can help manage minimal change disease without any side effect.
2. Traditional Chinese Medicine: As introduced by doctors of TCM, these medications aim at discharging pathogenic factors out of the body, nourishing blood and repairing damaged kidneys. Therefore, it can help MCD patients get remission and stop prednisone.
Many other therapies such as circle therapy, polluted blood therapy and acupuncture are also effective to manage minimal change disease. If you are interested to know, we are glad to share.