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How is vasculitis treated?

The treatment of the various forms of vasculitis is based on the severity of the illness and the organs involved. Treatments are generally directed toward stopping the inflammation and suppressing the immune system. Typically, cortisone-related medications, such as prednisone , are used. Additionally, other immune suppression drugs, such as cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan) and others, are considered. Additionally, affected organs (such as the heart or lungs) may require specific medical treatment when the disease is active.

The management of vasculitis is an evolving field in medicine. The ideal programs for monitoring and treatment will continue to improve as disease patterns and causes are defined by medical research.

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Comment from: Worried Sick, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 21

I am 45 years old & was diagnosed with vasculitis in April of 2014. I was originally put on 80 mg of prednisone and 100 mg of Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) daily. Last month, doctor added Crestor 10 mg daily to my treatment, due to high cholesterol. On July 1st, my doctor lowered the prednisone to 60 mg daily. And that is my current dose. Side effects are insomnia, hand/feet/calf cramps, mood swings, pimples on back of neck/shoulders/chest, loss of hair on outside of both calves (bald), weakness in legs, shortness of breath after very little activity, blurred vision, groin pain, mouth sores, never healing cuts, redness/pain around toe nails, swollen ankles, swollen fat face/neck, anxiety, acid reflux, and burning in kidney area.

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