Lupus nephritis

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What is lupus nephritis?

Lupus nephritis is the inflammation of the kidney caused by the condition of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Lupus nephritis occurs when lupus antibodies impair the filtering function (glomeruli) of the kidneys. Eventually this condition may lead to kidney failure.

Common symptoms reported by people with lupus nephritis

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with lupus nephritis

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
lupus nephritis (14)
Treatment name(s)

(CellCept)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
lupus nephritis (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Cytoxan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
lupus nephritis (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Imuran)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
lupus nephritis (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans Transdermal Patch)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)

Data from patients with lupus nephritis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with lupus nephritis

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for lupus nephritis (6 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain acne 11 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
lupus nephritis (14)
Treatment name(s)

(CellCept)
Perceived effectiveness
for lupus nephritis (4 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea nausea 2 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
lupus nephritis (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Cytoxan)
Perceived effectiveness
for lupus nephritis (2 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) hair thinning 2 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
lupus nephritis (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Imuran)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
lupus nephritis (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
sinus bradycardia
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth increased pain
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans Transdermal Patch)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
sweating trembling
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
loss of sex drive (libido)
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with lupus nephritis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has lupus nephritis on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 21
20s 202
30s 432
40s 578
50s 366
60s 142
70+ 13
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 52
20-29 years 57
30-39 years 47
40-49 years 33
50-59 years 9
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

95% Female
5% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 247
Not Diagnosed 16

These charts show data from lupus nephritis patients who have completed their condition history
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