Efficacy and safety of Mahuang Fuzi and Shenzhuo Decoction for treatment of primary membranous nephropathy: a multicenter prospective trial


Ren Fail. 2024 Dec;46(1):2320834. doi: 10.1080/0886022X.2024.2320834. Epub 2024 Mar 14.


BACKGROUND: This study aims to undertake a comprehensive assessment of the effectiveness and safety profile of Mahuang Fuzi and Shenzhuo Decoction (MFSD) in the management of primary membranous nephropathy (PMN), within the context of a prospective clinical investigation.

METHODS: A multicenter, open-label clinical trial was executed on patients diagnosed with PMN. These individuals were subjected to MFSD therapy for a duration of at least 24 months, with primary outcome of clinical remission rates. The Cox regression analysis was employed to discern the pertinent risk factors exerting influence on the efficacy of MFSD treatment, with scrupulous monitoring of any adverse events.

RESULTS: The study comprised 198 participants in total. Following 24 months of treatment, the remission rate was 58.6% (116/198). Among the subgroup of 130 participants subjected to a 36-month follow-up, the remission rate reached 70% (91/130). Subgroup analysis revealed that neither a history of immunosuppressive therapy (HIST) nor an age threshold of ≥60 years exhibited a statistically significant impact on the remission rate at the 24-month mark (p > .05). Multivariate Cox regression analyses elucidated HIST, nephrotic syndrome, or mass proteinuria, and a high-risk classification as noteworthy risk factors in the context of MFSD treatment. Remarkably, no fatalities resulting from side effects were documented throughout the study’s duration.

CONCLUSIONS: This trial establishes the efficacy of MFSD as a treatment modality for membranous nephropathy. MFSD demonstrates a favorable side effect profile, and remission rates are consistent across patients, irrespective of HIST and age categories.

PMID:38482580 | DOI:10.1080/0886022X.2024.2320834