Dermatomyositis Treatment

Can this condition be treated? What Dermatomyositis treatment options are available? Learn more below about the current treatments available to patients.


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How to Treat Dermatomyositis

Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include the following:

General Health Maintenance

Because this is a serious disease with long-term implications, physical exercise, a healthy lifestyle, and a nutritious diet are an integral part of treatment.


Cortisone-like drugs, usually oral prednisone, often produce a satisfactory response over the course of 2-3 months. After this, the dose may be reduced according to the activity of the disease.

Immunosuppressive Drugs

Agents used to treat cancer and organ transplants have helped patients who did not respond to prednisone. Examples of these medicines include:

  • Methotrexate
  • Cyclophosphamide
  • Chlorambucil
  • Azathioprine
  • Mycophenolate mofetil
  • Cyclosporine

Experimental Treatments

The following treatments have been used for severe cases:

  • Intravenous immune globulin
  • Infliximab
  • Rituximab
  • Total body irradiation
  • Plasma exchange
  • Leukapheresis


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