Immunosuppressants are medicines commonly used in kidney failure. Through inhibit the immune reactions, immunosuppressants are able to help control patients’ condition, but in the same time, these medicines also produce some side effects. If you or your loved ones have kidney failure, getting an understand of immunosuppressants used in kidney failure is very necessary.
To some extent, kidney failure is due to immune disorder in which the immune reactions can cause damage to the kidney and many other organs. Immunosuppressants are mainly used to prevent further kidney damaged, through inhibiting immune reactions and stopping the proliferation and function of T cells and B cells. At present, there are mainly four categories of immunosuppressants: Cyclosporine, Azathioprines, Monoclonal antibodies and corticosteroids.
For people with kidney failure, they may be given a combination of more than two types of immunosuppressants, if only one type can’t work very well. However, while these medicines treat patients’ condition, they may also bring some of the following side effects.
Low immunity: Because immunosuppressants play their work through weakening patients’ immunity system, the users usually have low immunity that makes them more susceptible to infections such as urinary tract infections, virus and bacterial infections.
Osteoporosis: It occurs when the density of bones is decreased and can increase the risk for fractures. If left untreated, patients may have a fall easily.
There are many other side effects including unusual tiredness, weakness, fever, chill and frequent need of urination. If you are suffering from one or more side effects of the above mentioned, you may need to change some other medicines that can not only stop the progression of your medical condition but also do benefits for your overall health. In light of this requirement, herbal medicines are more suitable for people with kidney failure. Some herbal medicines indeed show a great benefit in protecting patients’ kidney function and improving their immunity. However, the prescribed medicines change according to patients’ specific condition.
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