Hormones are widely used in clinic to treat kidney failure. It is known for its quick and obvious effects on alleviating symptoms and discomforts of kidney patients. Clinical symptoms such as proteinuria, edema, high blood pressure, infections, water and electrolyte imbalances will have instant relief after taking hormones such as prednisone, glucocorticoid and dexamethasone, etc.
Hormones can alleviate pains and discomforts in short time, but it will make patients become addicted to it and it is widely known that long term growing intake of hormones will cause many unfavorable side effects.
1. Long term intake of hormones can make patients gain a lot of body weight.
2. It can cause osteoporosis and femoral head necrosis.
3. It can further lower patients’ immunity and cause a series of abnormalities in their body such as increased blood sugar level, corticosteroid syndrome, peptic ulcers, electrolyte disorder and much lowered disease-resistance.
4. For children with kidney disease, hormones will delay their physical and mental development, therefore more cautions should be made before using hormones for children.
Besides all these side effects and additional injuries to the body, hormones can not solve the root problem, that is why symptoms will once again appear or become even more severe once hormones are stopped or the dosage is reduced. The more relapse, the more severe the illness conditions will become and the harder it will become to treat. Therefore more attention should be paid while taking hormones. If your are taking hormones now, you should have it under the doctor’s strict guidance and do not stop or reduce with the doctor’s permission.
However patients should not only rely on hormones, herbal medicines can help alleviate the side effects of hormones, repair renal damages and improve renal functions. What is more, herbal medicines have far less side effects and the long term effects are good, therefore it is more proper for children and elderly patients.
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