Behcet's Syndrome Treatment
There is no cure for Behcet's syndrome. In many cases, a short course of treatment is recommended when symptoms are present. Severe cases may require continuous treatment. Treatment includes oral corticosteroid medication, immunosuppressant medications, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.
Treatment for Behcet's syndrome may include:
- Oral corticosteroids for Behcet's disease:
- Injectable corticosteroids:
- Corticosteroid eye drops for eye inflammation
- Corticosteroid oral rinses for oral ulcers
- Corticosteroid ointments and creams for genital ulcers
- Anti-inflammatory medications for arthritis pain:
- Immunosuppressant medications for Behcet's disease:
- Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan, Neosar)
- Cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune)
- Chlorambucil (Leukeran)
- Azathioprine (Imuran)
- Interferon (Betaseron)
- Etanercept (Enbrel)
- Infliximab (Remicade)
- Levamisole (Ergamisol)
- Used to treat oral and genital ulcers
- Tacrolimus (Prograf)
- Thalidomide (Thalomid)
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
Behcet's Syndrome Drugs
Medications for Behcet's syndrome include:
Less commonly used medications include:
Eye inflammation is treated with corticosteroid eye drops.
Behcet's Syndrome Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of Behcet's syndrome.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- 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?
- 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?
Behcet's Syndrome Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat Behcet's syndrome:
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