What are the guidelines for prophylactic treatment in patients receiving corticosteroids for giant cell arteritis (GCA) (temporal arteritis)?

Updated: Sep 03, 2020
  • Author: Mythili Seetharaman, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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The guidelines recommend that patients on steroid therapy receive prophylactic treatment with the following medications [56] :

  • Low-dose aspirin, 81 mg per day – To decrease cranial ischemic complications
  • Proton pump inhibitor – For gastrointestinal protection
  • Bisphosphonate, calcium, and vitamin D – For bone protection

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