Which medications in the drug class Corticosteroids are used in the treatment of Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (GPA, formerly Wegener Granulomatosis)?

Updated: Aug 31, 2021
  • Author: Christopher L Tracy, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Corticosteroids

Corticosteroids have immunosuppressant and anti-inflammatory action used to reduce activity of systemic vasculitis. High-dose methylprednisolone is used to halt pulmonary hemorrhage and reverse crescentic glomerulonephritis.

Prednisone

Prednisone is used as an immunosuppressant in the treatment of autoimmune disorders and vasculitis. By reversing increased capillary permeability and suppressing polymorphonuclear neutrophil (PMN) activity, it may decrease inflammation.

Methylprednisolone (Medrol, Solu-Medrol, Depo-Medrol)

Methylprednisolone decreases inflammation by suppressing the migration of polymorphonuclear leukocytes and reversing increased capillary permeability.


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