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Is prednisolone for nephrotic syndrome appropriate?

Q: My daughter is 4 years and 3 months old. Two years back she was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome. She was prescribed by the doctor in Canada with prednisolone for two months which was gradually tapered. After 5 months again she was given the same dosage; six months later same medicine (prednisolone). Two months ago she had another attack, now she has been prescribed with Decaris together with prednisolone. I want to know whether the medication is correct and what would your advice be?

A:Treatment with prednisolone in nephrotic syndrome is well established. There is some evidence that when levamisole (sold under various brand names such as Decaris) is given concurrently, the remission from the symptoms lasts longer. However one should carefully watch for any side effects when levamisole is used over prolonged periods.


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