Effect of add-on direct renin inhibitor aliskiren in patients with non-diabetes related chronic kidney disease

Szu Yuan Li*, Yung Tai Chen, Wu Chang Yang, Der Cherng Tarng, Chih Ching Lin, Chih Yu Yang, Wen Sheng Liu

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Background: The renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) plays an important role in the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Although dual RAAS inhibition results in worse renal outcomes than monotherapy in high risk type 2 diabetes patients, the effect of dual RAAS inhibition in patients with non-DM CKD is unclear. The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential renoprotective effect of add-on direct renin inhibitor in non-DM CKD patients. Methods. We retrospectively enrolled 189 non-DM CKD patients who had been taking angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) for more than six months. Patients were divided into an add-on aliskiren group and an ARB monotherapy group. The primary outcomes were a decline in glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and a reduction in urinary protein-to-creatinine ratio at six months. Results: The baseline characteristics of the two groups were similar. Aliskiren 150 mg daily reduced the urinary protein-to-creatinine ratio by 26% (95% confidence interval, 15 to 37%; p<0.001). The decline in GFR was smaller in the add-on aliskiren group (2.1 vs. -4.0 ml/min, p=0.038). Add-on aliskiren had a neutral effect on serum potassium in the non-DM CKD patients. In subgroup analysis, the proteinuria-reducing effect of aliskiren was more prominent in patients with a GFR less than 60 ml/min, and in patients with a urinary protein-to-creatinine ratio greater than 1.8. The effect of aliskiren in retarding the decline in GFR was more prominent in patients with hypertensive nephropathy than in those with glomerulonephritis. Conclusion: Add-on direct renin inhibitor aliskiren (150 mg daily) safely reduced proteinuria and attenuated the decline in GFR in the non-DM CKD patients who were receiving ARBs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number89
JournalBMC Nephrology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2012


  • Aliskiren
  • CKD
  • Direct renin inhibitor
  • Proteinuria


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