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Medications for Nephrotic Syndrome

Other names: Congenital Nephrotic Syndrome; Nephrosis

Nephrotic syndrome is a constellation of signs and symptoms including protein in the urine (exceeding 3.5 grams per day), low blood protein levels, high cholesterol levels, and swelling. The urine may also contain fat, which is visible under the microscope.

Drugs used to treat Nephrotic Syndrome

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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Drug name Rating Reviews Activity ? Rx/OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol
prednisone 6.3 3 reviews for prednisone to treat Nephrotic Syndrome
Rx C N
Generic name:
prednisone systemic
Drug class:
glucocorticoids
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
CellCept 9.5 2 reviews for CellCept to treat Nephrotic Syndrome
Rx D N
Generic name:
mycophenolate mofetil systemic
Drug class:
selective immunosuppressants
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
mycophenolate mofetil 9.5 2 reviews for mycophenolate mofetil to treat Nephrotic Syndrome
Rx D N
Generic name:
mycophenolate mofetil systemic
Brand name:
CellCept
Drug class:
selective immunosuppressants
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
prednisolone 8.0 2 reviews for prednisolone to treat Nephrotic Syndrome
Rx C N
Generic name:
prednisolone systemic
Brand names:
Millipred, PediaPred, Millipred DP, Orapred ODT
Drug class:
glucocorticoids
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
cyclophosphamide Rate Add review
Rx D N
Generic name:
cyclophosphamide systemic
Drug class:
alkylating agents
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
cyclosporine Off-label Rate Add review
Rx C N
Generic name:
cyclosporine systemic
Drug class:
calcineurin inhibitors
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Off-label:
Yes
tacrolimus Off-label 7.0 2 reviews for tacrolimus to treat Nephrotic Syndrome
Rx C N
Generic name:
tacrolimus systemic
Drug class:
calcineurin inhibitors
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Off-label:
Yes
Aldactazide Rate Add review
Rx C N X
Generic name:
hydrochlorothiazide / spironolactone systemic
Drug class:
potassium sparing diuretics with thiazides
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
triamcinolone Rate Add review
Rx C N
Generic name:
triamcinolone systemic
Brand names:
Kenalog-40, Clinacort
Drug class:
glucocorticoids
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
hydrochlorothiazide / spironolactone Rate Add review
Rx C N X
Generic name:
hydrochlorothiazide / spironolactone systemic
Brand name:
Aldactazide
Drug class:
potassium sparing diuretics with thiazides
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
azathioprine Off-label Rate Add review
Rx D N
Generic name:
azathioprine systemic
Drug class:
antirheumatics, other immunosuppressants
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Off-label:
Yes
Kenalog-40 Rate Add review
Rx C N
Generic name:
triamcinolone systemic
Drug class:
glucocorticoids
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Clinacort Rate Add review
Rx C N
Generic name:
triamcinolone systemic
Drug class:
glucocorticoids
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
cortisone Rate Add review
Rx N N
Generic name:
cortisone systemic
Drug class:
glucocorticoids
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Millipred Rate Add review
Rx C N
Generic name:
prednisolone systemic
Drug class:
glucocorticoids
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
PediaPred Rate Add review
Rx C N
Generic name:
prednisolone systemic
Drug class:
glucocorticoids
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Millipred DP Rate Add review
Rx C N
Generic name:
prednisolone systemic
Drug class:
glucocorticoids
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
Orapred ODT Rate Add review
Rx C N
Generic name:
prednisolone systemic
Drug class:
glucocorticoids
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information

Frequently asked questions

Learn more about Nephrotic Syndrome

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Rating For ratings, users were asked how effective they found the medicine while considering positive/adverse effects and ease of use (1 = not effective, 10 = most effective).
Activity Activity is based on recent site visitor activity relative to other medications in the list.
Rx Prescription only.
OTC Over-the-counter.
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over-the-counter.
Off-label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
EUA An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allows the FDA to authorize unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in a declared public health emergency when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.
Expanded Access Expanded Access is a potential pathway for a patient with a serious or immediately life-threatening disease or condition to gain access to an investigational medical product (drug, biologic, or medical device) for treatment outside of clinical trials when no comparable or satisfactory alternative therapy options are available.
Pregnancy Category
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Schedule
M The drug has multiple schedules. The schedule may depend on the exact dosage form or strength of the medication.
U CSA Schedule is unknown.
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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