Sarcoidosis Treatment – Exciting News

Sarcoidosis treatment is similar to the treatment of any other autoimmune disease. In sarcoidosis, by now unknown agent activates the immune system and puts it in ‘combat formation’ to fight a non-existent enemy. The body of a sarcoid patient gets its signals crossed and identifies non-threatening substances in our body as destructive agents.

This article is about the standard treatment for sarcoidosis in modern medicine and some exciting news in the alternative treatment sphere.

The treatment for sarcoidosis that the modern medicine uses is basically the same that was used in the last 50 years. It is primarily based on corticosteroids.

Since in sarcoidosis, the immune system acts abnormally, the treatment is aimed at suppressing the immune system.

1) What is the single most commonly used drug?

It is an oral corticosteroid called Prednisone.

Since sarcoidosis symptoms may vary from mild to severe. In mild forms of the disease, it is fair to say that in mild cases of sarcoidosis the side effects of Prednisone therapy may outweigh the benefits and hence are not recommended.

2) What do the corticosteroids do?

In sarcoidosis treatment corticosteroids are used to control the disease rather then cure it. They relieve the inflammation suppress the immune system and thus its abnormal reactions.

3) What is the dosage plan of corticosteroids in sarcoidosis treatment?

It is common to start the treatment off with high doses and then taper to the lowest effective dose. General rule is that those patients that respond to the treatment and remains table for more then 1 year, have a very low chance of disease relapse.

4) Other treatment options in sarcoidosis treatment

Modern medicine offers alternatives for patients that are intolerant of steroids. Some of the replacement drugs are:

  • Methotrexate or azathioprine (otherwise used in arthritis)
  • Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine (addressing the hypercalcemia)
  • Cyclophosphamide or chlorambucil ( in severe stages)
  • Pentoxifylline and thalidomide (addressing Lupus Pernio)
  • Colchicine ( commonly used to treat gout)
  • Topical corticosteroids ( used for mild local symptoms)

5) Exciting news in natural treatment options

The issue with sarcoidosis is the lack of knowledge in modern medicine on the causes of the disease. But, lately, some exciting news has been reported on the discoveries of underlying chemical causes. Based on this, a new natural treatment plan called the Aden protocol is fashioned which was reported to have an amazing success rate in sarcoidosis.

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