Tubulointerstitial Nephritis Medication

Updated: Jan 07, 2022
  • Author: A Brent Alper, Jr, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Medication Summary

For acute allergic interstitial nephritis, if no spontaneous recovery in renal function is observed after cessation of the offending agent, implementing a short course of steroid therapy is generally recommended. No controlled studies exist on the effect of corticosteroids; therefore, no well-defined dosage and duration exist. Most practitioners recommend a relatively high dose (eg, 1 mg/kg prednisone) with a rapidly tapering regimen within several weeks.



Class Summary

Glucocorticoid agents have immunosuppressant effects and are used for treatment of autoimmune disorders.

Prednisone (Sterapred)

Prednisone has anti-inflammatory properties and causes profound and varied metabolic effects by modifying the body's immune response to diverse stimuli. This agent may decrease inflammation by reversing increased capillary permeability and suppressing polymorphonuclear lymphocyte (PMN) activity. Prednisone also stabilizes lysosomal membranes and suppresses lymphocytes and antibody production.


Chelating agents

Class Summary

These agents promote the excretion of lead.

Succimer (Chemet)

Succimer is a metal chelator, an analogue of dimercaprol that is used in lead poisoning. This agent is particularly useful in children with lead blood levels > 45 mcg/dL. Succimer is approved for chelation therapy in children for lead poisoning. However, its value in chronic lead nephropathy is not established.

Edetate calcium disodium (Calcium Disodium Versenate)

Edetate is used for lead chelation; only the calcium disodium preparation should be used. In the context of this article, use of this medication is confined to testing (ie, to perform the ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid [EDTA] lead mobilization test for diagnosing lead as the etiology of chronic tubulointerstitial nephritis). Extended therapy with this agent to reduce body lead stores may be of possible benefit.