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Adult-Onset Still's Disease

Treatment for Adult-Onset Still's Disease continued...

You may require these medications for some time. If so, your doctor will likely monitor your liver function and watch for other side effects.

With a firm diagnosis of adult-onset Still's disease, you may require corticosteroids, such as prednisone, if your disease is severe or doesn't respond to NSAIDs. Corticosteroids are used for systemic disease that affects several parts of the body. Because of potential serious side effects, though, you can't use them for a very long time.

If you have a chronic case of Still's, you may need medications to suppress your immune system and to control arthritis and other symptoms. You may take more than one medication at the same time and you may need to take these for a long time. You take some medications by mouth and others by injection.

These are examples of medications your doctor may prescribe:

If adult-onset Still's disease affects your heart or lungs, your doctor may also need to prescribe medication to treat these problems.

Self-Care for Adult-Onset Still's disease

Ask your doctor if there are other steps you can take to manage your disease and feel better. For example, learn how to pace yourself and find ways to manage stress. Rest is important. This may help you minimize the number of "bad" days you have. Also, remember that this disease comes in cycles. Don't stop taking your medications during times when you're feeling better unless you've discussed this ahead of time with your doctor.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Varnada Karriem-Norwood, MD on March 25, 2014
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