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What medications might my doctor use to treat vasculitis?

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Treatment generally consists of corticosteroid medications, or simply "steroids." Chemotherapy drugs (such as those used to treat cancer) are also used, but in doses usually lower than people with cancer may receive. The goal of this type of therapy is to suppress the abnormal immune response that has led to blood vessel damage.

Other medications may include methotrexate or cyclophosphamide (Cytoxin) and a biologic drug called tocilizumab (Actemra). Tocilizumab is given as an injection under the skin to lower the dose of steroids that a person needs. This medicine may be used along with steroids.

From: Vasculitis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: The Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center: "Rheumatoid Vasculitis Information." National Library of Medicine: "Vasculitis." Vasculitis Foundation: "Vasculitis Statistics." UpToDate for Patients: "Patient Information: Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment."



Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 21, 2020

SOURCES: The Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center: "Rheumatoid Vasculitis Information." National Library of Medicine: "Vasculitis." Vasculitis Foundation: "Vasculitis Statistics." UpToDate for Patients: "Patient Information: Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment."



Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 21, 2020

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