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Diuretics Effect on Nephrotic Syndrome in Adults

2013-04-29 10:44

Diuretics,  Nephrotic Syndrome in Adults, edemaNephrotic Syndrome in adults is often a sign of kidney damage from an underlying problem. Proteinuria, hypoalbuminemia and edema are common symptoms of Nephrotic Syndrome in adults. Diuretics is usually used to relieve edema for patients. Now let’s get a further understanding about it.

Diuretics (water pills) help control swelling by increasing kidneys’ fluid output. The most potent diuretics are loop diuretics which includes Lasix, Demadex, Bumex. If one of the loop diuretics is not effective alone, it may be combined with an agent that works further down in the kidney tubules. Some diuretics frequently cause an excessive loss of potassium in the urine, leading to the depletion of body potassium. People with Nephrotic Syndrome in children on diuretics are commonly suggested to take potassium supplements or to eat foods high in potassium like bananas, tomatoes, potatoes, orange juice, etc.

Once impaired kidney function appears, people with Nephrotic Syndrome in adults often do not require potassium supplements with diuretics because their damaged kidneys tend to retain potassium. In some cases, the volume of urine induced by the diuretic can be improved by adding a potassium-sparing diuretic, one that does not cause depletion of potassium.

Generally speaking, diuretics can relieve edema for people with Nephrotic Syndrome in adults to some extent. But for some patients who use diuretics may find creatinine level increases, that is because after the water is removed out of body, the blood flow velocity will be reduced, which leads to the blood flow volume in kidneys is reduced, then kidney function is affected.

Though treating edema, proteinuria and other symptoms is necessary, if kidney function is impaired, the most important thing for people with Nephrotic Syndrome in adults will become impairing kidney damage and improving kidney function, otherwise the condition is likely to develop Chronic Renal Failure.

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