What is the role of medications in the treatment of polymyositis?

Updated: Feb 12, 2018
  • Author: Mythili Seetharaman, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Therapy for polymyositis is based on immune suppression with steroids. Prednisone is the first-line treatment of choice. Immunosuppressive agents are indicated in patients who do not improve with steroids within a reasonable period (ie, 4 weeks) or who experience adverse effects from corticosteroids. Newer agents such as rituximab are showing promise. [28]


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