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How to Treat Myositis?


Medical Treatment:
  • Have Gentle Exercise and physiotherapy
  • Steroids are the main type of medication to treat polymyositis and dermatomyositis. It may include:
    • Higher doses of steroid tablets (severe muscle weakness)
    • Steroid creams (used to treat the affected areas of skin in dermatomyositis)
  • It causes some side effects such as high blood pressure, weight gain, diabetes, cataracts, and osteoporosis
  • Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) such as methotrexate, azathioprine, cyclophosphamide or mycophenolate suppress your immune system and help reduce inflammation
  • Intravenous immunoglobulin therapy: it may be needed in very severe cases of myositis were severe muscle weakness is causing life-threatening breathing or swallowing problems
  • Biologic therapies which are widely used to treat conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis