Mod Rheumatol. 2021 Dec 16:roab113. doi: 10.1093/mr/roab113. Online ahead of print.
OBJECTIVE: To clarify the effectiveness and safety of induction therapy with mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) in patients with lupus nephritis (LN).
METHODS: Patients with LN administered MMF (n = 35) or IVCY (n = 25) plus high-dose corticosteroids between July 2015 and June 2020 were included. MMF was increased from 2 g/day to 3 g/day, with no adverse events (AEs). The primary endpoint was the 6-month renal remission rate. Secondary endpoints were retention rate and AEs.
RESULTS: There were no significant differences in age, sex, disease duration, renal histological type, SLEDAI, and UPCR between the two groups. Twenty-six patients (74%) continued with MMF therapy, whereas twelve (48%) completed six IVCY courses. The retention rate was significantly higher in the MMF than in the IVCY group (p = 0.048). Twenty-four and fourteen patients in MMF and IVCY groups, respectively, achieved renal remission with insignificant differences. Grade 3 or higher AEs were observed in eight and fourteen patients in the MMF and IVCY groups, respectively (p = 0.014).
CONCLUSIONS: The efficacy of high-dose MMF was comparable to that of IVCY in Japanese patients with proliferative LN, with fewer AEs and a higher retention rate than IVCY, suggesting the high tolerability of MMF.
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