Sorry to learn that your daughter is having vasculitis
Treatment focuses on controlling the inflammation with medications and resolving any underlying disease that triggered your vasculitis. For your vasculitis, you may go through two treatment phases — first stopping the inflammation and then preventing relapse (maintenance therapy).
Both phases involve prescription drugs. Which drugs and how long you need to take them depend on the type of vasculitis, the organs involved and how serious your condition is.
Some people have initial success with treatment, then experience flare-ups later. Others may never see their vasculitis completely go away and need ongoing treatment.
Your doctor may prescribe a corticosteroid drug, such as prednisone or methylprednisolone
), to help control inflammation. Side effects of corticosteroids can be severe, especially if you take them for a long time. Possible side effects include weight gain, diabetes
and bone thinning (osteoporosis
). If a corticosteroid is needed for long-term (maintenance) therapy, you'll likely receive the lowest dose possible.
Other medications may be prescribed with corticosteroids to control the inflammation so that the dosage of corticosteroids can be tapered more quickly. These medications are sometimes called steroid-sparing and may includemethotrexate (Trexall), azathioprine
, Azasan), mycophenolate
) or cyclophosphamide.
The specific medication that you'll need depends on the type and severity of vasculitis you have, which organs are involved, and any other medical problems that you have. Biologic therapies such as rituximab
or tocilizumab may be recommended, depending on the type of vasculitis you have.
Please keep in touch with a good rheumatologist
, it should not be difficult as you are in chennai.