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Childhood Nephrotic Syndrome - What are the side effects of treatment?

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When Prednisolone is prescribed for short periods of time there are usually no serious or permanent side effects.

However, we have listed below the side effects which are most common

  1. Decreased resistance to infections such as coughs and colds.
  2. Increase in appetite which may lead to a rapid increase in weight.
  3. Flushed, swollen cheeks and stretch marks on the skin.
  4. Rise in blood pressure which will be monitored at the clinic or at home.
  5. Behavioural problems e.g. temper tantrums, bed wetting or mood changes.
  6. Steroids in very high doses can cause an increase in blood sugar and fat (lipid) levels. Sugar in the urine does not mean your child has diabetes.

While taking steroid medication the skin becomes more sensitized to the effects of the sun and extra care should be taken to apply sun screen whenever sun exposure is expected.

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Content compiled by members of the Children’s Renal & Urology Unit, QMC Campus, Nottingham University Hospitals.

The National Kidney Federation cannot accept responsibility for information provided. The above is for guidance only. Patients are advised to seek further information from their own doctor.

NKF Controlled Document No. 134: What are the side effects of treatment? written: 14/11/2014 last reviewed: 14/11/2020