Temporal Arteritis Treatment
Treatment for temporal arteritis usually includes corticosteroid medications because they have proven to be the most effective. It's important to start this medication as early as possible to prevent vision loss. Other medications that have been used to treat temporal arteritis include calcium supplements, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, narcotic pain medications, and drugs that suppress the immune system.
Treatment for temporal arteritis may include:
- Oral corticosteroid medication:
- Methylprednisolone (Medrol, Solu-Medrol, Depo-Medrol)
- Over time, the dosage is lowered to the minimum dose needed to control the inflammation
- Medications that suppress the immune system:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Ibuprin, Nuprin)
- Naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprosyn)
- Ketoprofen (Oruvail, Orudis, Actron)
- Narcotic pain medication:
Temporal Arteritis Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of temporal arteritis.
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?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having temporal arteritis again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Temporal Arteritis Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat temporal arteritis:
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