There is no cure for nephrotic syndrome, but there are treatments that can help you manage symptoms and prevent more kidney damage. If your kidneys stop working, you will need dialysis or a kidney transplant to live.

Your health care provider might tell you to take certain medicines to treat the symptoms of nephrotic syndrome.

  • Medicines to control blood pressure and cholesterol can help reduce your chances of having heart disease.
  • Medicine to help your body get rid of extra water can help control your blood pressure and can reduce swelling.
  • Medicines to prevent blood clots can help prevent heart attack and stroke.

Changing your diet may also help you manage your symptoms. Choosing fish or low-fat cuts of meat instead of higher fat options can help keep your cholesterol under control. Limiting how much salt (sodium) you take in can help prevent swelling and help keep your blood pressure at a healthy level.