What are the treatment options for mixed connective tissue disease?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Treatment options for mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) include corticosteroids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and other immunosuppressants. Although none of these options offer a cure, they do help manage the symptoms and signs of MCTD. Corticosteroids such as prednisone are the most commonly used treatment for moderate cases of MCTD, even though they carry their own risks if taken at high doses or over long periods of time. Over-the-counter NSAIDs like ibuprofen or stronger prescription-strength NSAIDs can reduce the pain and inflammation associated with MCTD but also carry some risk with long-term use. Other immunosuppressant medications may be used if your MCTD symptoms most mimic one of the other connective tissue diseases, such as lupus.

Some people with mild MCTD only require medications with flare-ups of their disease, while others with moderate or extreme cases of MCTD may need daily medications to manage their symptoms.

Continue Learning about Immune & Lymphatic System Disorders

what is antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity ?
Diana MeeksDiana Meeks
Antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity is a type of immune reaction in which a target cell or micr...
More Answers
what is Lofgren syndrome ?
Diana MeeksDiana Meeks
Lofgren's syndrome is an acute form of sarcoidosis that primarily affects people of European, and pa...
More Answers
what is mesenteric lymphadenitis ?
Diana MeeksDiana Meeks
Mesenteric lymphadenitis is an inflammation of lymph nodes. These lymph nodes, which are clusters of...
More Answers
are prescription medications available for granulomatosis with polyangiitis ?
Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhDDr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA), formerly known as Wegener's granulomatosis, is typically tre...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.