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Stopping Immunosuppressive Prednisone Soon After Transplantation Found To Be Safe

Rapid discontinuation of the immunosuppressive steroid prednisone after a kidney transplant can help prevent serious side effects, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology(CJASN). Also, doing so does not appear to jeopardize the long-term survival of transplant patients and their new organs. 

Historically, most kidney transplant patients have taken large doses of the immunosuppressive steroid prednisone to help keep their bodies from rejecting their new organ. Unfortunately, though, prolonged use of high-dose prednisone can cause serious side effects including high blood pressure, high cholesteroldiabetes,cataracts, bone loss, increased bone fractures, mood swings, and, in children, growth retardation. 


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