Vasculitis treatment frequently requires a number of medications to firstly provide induction, and after which provide maintenance. Induction is the process of typically suppressing the immune system sufficiently in order to reduce inflammation. The type of medication used depends on various factors including:
● The type of vasculitis
● The organs affected
● The disease severity
Your specialist should discuss with you the medications required, the duration, and any side-effects.
Maintenance is often required in order to provide long-term remission of many types of vasculitis. The medications used for maintenance may or may not be the same as used for induction. Again, your specialist should discuss with you the medications required, the durations and any side-effects.
Below is a list of the more common medications patients with vasculitis will be prescribed. ANZVASC has sought permission from the Australian Rheumatology Association for the source of medications.