Sarcoidosis will often go away on its own, and symptoms may gradually lessen or disappear. For patients who present no symptoms with this disease, they may not even need treatment. However, when symptoms begin to affect an individual that prevent them from performing their daily activities, treatment options are available to alleviate symptoms and ensure the organs affected are functioning properly.
Corticosteroids are the primary medication used to treat sarcoidosis, although, they have only shown to benefit patients in the short term. Therapy through steroids may often lead to side effects and can be worse than the disease itself for some patients. There are other medications used to treat the disease including hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil), azathioprine (Imuran), methotrexate, infliximab (Remicade), and several other medications. Again, certain medications may have severe side effects and should only be taken if prescribed by a physician.
To discuss treatment for sarcoidosis, please make an appointment with Dr. Marc Judson, an international leader in the field of sarcoidosis.