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Treatment

Polymyalgia Rheumatica

Symptoms of PMR will disappear without treatment within several months to years. However, treatment leads to a dramatic improvement. It can occur within 24-48 hours. Treatment usually consists of:

  • Corticosteroid medication
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs

Giant Cell Arteritis

GCA must be treated before blindness occurs. The blindness can not be reversed. Treatment is usually a high dose of corticosteroid medication for about one month. This is then tapered to a smaller dose for maintenance therapy. This step usually lasts for at least 1-2 years.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2014 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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