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What Technology Is Used To Treat Pericarditis
Usually drugs: Anti-inflammatory medications are the first line treatment - Ibuprofen and others, Colchicine and steroids may be needed. Rarely fluid may need to be drained with a pericardiocentesis. Surgery is rarely needed - a pericardial window or pericardiectomy if the heart is constricted by scarring. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I know that colcrys is used to treat pericarditis. Is plaquenil(another anti-malarial) also be used to treat pericarditis?
It can: Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) is not the FIRST line of immunosuppressive medication used for pericarditis. The usual trio is colchicine, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and/or prednisone.But if any of these or combination is not helpful , Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) can be in your doctor's armamentarium to try. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed and treated of pericarditis for about 5 years now but still symptoms keep reoccurring severely. I need help. Am just 32yr old.
Colchicine/NSAIDs: Recurrent and relapsing pericarditis can be a rare complication of initial viral pericarditis or a by-product f uto immune connective tissue disease. When it recurs over years imaging (such as a ct/echo) might show signs of developing calcification that can one day lead to constrictive pericarditis. Steroid use wary in pericarditis trt can predispose to later relapses. Colchicine/nsaid's help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there any natural ways to treat recurrent pericarditis with effusion. I don't want to take colchicine it scares me. Please help me.
Pericarditis: No. I would not resort to natural or homeopathic treatment here. Pericarditits can become chronic and restrict the heart motion (especially expansion). In that case sometimes one has to go in surgically and peel off the thickened pericardial membrane. Colchecine has been around for a few hunred years; it's well studied. Another option is a biologic drug anakinra (Kineret). And of course cortisone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can .3 mg of colchicine in the a.m. and .3 mg in the p.m. be enough to treat pericarditis w/ sm effusion? I was feeling better for 2days but not now
Colchicine AND peric: You must have a cardiologist, have serial ECHOS, and verify that the therapy is working. Is very important to now the cause of the pericarditis; infection= antibiotics. Autoimmune= you can use it, but together with other anti-inflammatory medications. In patients with acute pericarditis, colchicine, when added to conventional antiinflammatory therapy, significantly reduced the rate of ...Read more
How is drug/alcohol-induced myocardtitis (i.E. Non-viral and non-autoimmune) treated? What's the danger in misdiagnosing it as pericarditis?
Can you define pericarditis, myocarditis, and endocarditis. How do these various conditions differ? How are they diagnosed and treated?
It varies: Pericarditis is inflammation of the sac around the heart that is often treated with antiinflammatories but may need surgery. Myocarditis can be a serious, often viral infection of the heart muscle. Treatment could be medication, artificial heart support or even a transplant. Endocarditis is an infection of the heart valves that may respond to antibiotics but might need a valve replacement. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on cause: Often caused by virus usually self limiting but may need colchicine added to prevent recurrence. More serious if caused by bacteria ir fungus or things like TB,HIV,etc. if it persists may eventually need biopsy if cause unclear. Should be followed with echo. In rare cases may require surgical removal to prevent trapping heart but fatalities rare with treatment ...Read more
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