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How do medications treat scleroderma?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
There are several medications that may be used to treat scleroderma symptoms. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be used to treat joint pain, and corticosteroids can be used to treat weakness. Drugs that suppress the immune system can be helpful for some people, particularly those with lung problems. Drugs that dilate the blood vessels may help relieve symptoms and prevent problems with the lungs and kidneys. People who have digestive issues as a result of scleroderma may benefit from antacids and proton pump inhibitors to control heartburn or antibiotics that treat intestinal bacteria.

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