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Are there effective alternative therapies for dermatomyositis?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
8 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Treatment typically begins with oral steroid however more potent immunosuppressants are often needed.
See a rheumatologist.

In brief: Yes

Treatment typically begins with oral steroid however more potent immunosuppressants are often needed.
See a rheumatologist.
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
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Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology

In brief: NO

"alternative" therapies involving naturopathic and herbal remedies will not work.
Potent immune modifying drugs are needed. Delaying treatment with medicine proven effective can be devastating....And lethal.

In brief: NO

"alternative" therapies involving naturopathic and herbal remedies will not work.
Potent immune modifying drugs are needed. Delaying treatment with medicine proven effective can be devastating....And lethal.
Dr. Robert Lowe
Dr. Robert Lowe
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Dermatomyositis

The disease is treated with anti-inflammatory medicines called corticosteroids and drugs that suppress the immune system. When your muscle strength gets better, your doctor may tell you to slowly cut back on your doses.
However, most people with this condition must take a medicine called Prednisone indefinitely. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001842/#adam_000839.disease.treatment.

In brief: Dermatomyositis

The disease is treated with anti-inflammatory medicines called corticosteroids and drugs that suppress the immune system. When your muscle strength gets better, your doctor may tell you to slowly cut back on your doses.
However, most people with this condition must take a medicine called Prednisone indefinitely. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001842/#adam_000839.disease.treatment.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Dr. Jack Mutnick
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