Posted By CCF Neurosurgery MD on February 03, 1998 at 17:18:27:
In Reply to: Imuran vs. Prednisone for CIDP??? posted by Shawn Bland on February 02, 1998 at 23:51:52:
: is Imuran as effective a treatment for Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP)
as Prednisone, can it, or perhaps another alternative, be used indefinitely to prevent recurrence
of the disease in patients where relapses are a problem?, the patient has had plasmapheresis and IVIG,
and has done very well on Prednisone, but every time she gets close to being tapered off the
Prednisone, the disease begins to relapse, she needs an alternative to the Predisone, which has so
many side-effects with long-term usage
Dear Mr. Bland:
Imuran is certainly an alternatitve therapy for CIDP although prednisone
is the first-line drug that is used for this problem. The specific uses of
these alternative drugs is specifically for those patients who respond
poorly to prednisone. If you have any further questions please write back.
Good Luck !
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