Adult Still's Disease Treatment
The most important treatment for adult Still's disease is medication to control the inflammation in the joints. Regular physical therapy and exercise may improve joint pain and range of motion. Still's disease may cause occasional joint inflammation and pain, which may resolve completely within one year. However, the illness may also result in persistent inflammation that results in arthritis. In those who develop severe arthritis, treatment for adult Still's disease may include joint replacement surgery.
Treatment for adult Still's disease may include:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Regular exercise program
- Eat a diet high in omega-3-fatty acids:
- Joint protection:
- Medications for adult Still's disease:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Infliximab (Remicade)
- Adalimumab (Humira)
- Etanercept (Enbrel)
- Joint replacement surgery:
- May be required for severely damaged joints
Adult Still's Disease Drugs
The first medications used to treat cases of adult Still's disease include:
The second group of medications used to treat cases of adult Still's disease include:
- Antimalarial drugs:
- Oral corticosteroids:
- Medications that suppress the immune system:
- Auranofin (Ridaura)
- Sulfasalazine (Azulfidine)
- Penicillamine (Cuprimine)
- Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan)
- Azathioprine (Imuran)
- Chlorambucil (Leukeran)
- Methotrexate (Rheumatrex)
- Penicillamine (Cuprimine)
- Fish oil supplements (omega-3 fatty acids)
Adult Still's Disease Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of adult Still's disease.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Will I need occupational therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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