Which medications are used in the treatment of Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP)?

Updated: Jan 08, 2021
  • Author: Rajendra Bhimma, MBChB, MD, PhD, DCH (SA), FCP(Paeds)(SA), MMed(Natal); Chief Editor: Craig B Langman, MD  more...
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Very limited data are available on pharmacologic treatment of Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP). Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may help joint pain and do not seem to worsen the purpura; however, they should be used cautiously in patients with renal insufficiency. Clinicians often use corticosteroids to treat subcutaneous edema and nephritis, but few prospective placebo-controlled studies have demonstrated their effectiveness. Other drugs are currently under investigation.

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