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The following medications may be used to treat scleroderma:
- Immune suppressing medications (methotrexate, Cytoxan)
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
Other treatments for specific symptoms may include:
- Drugs for heartburn or swallowing problems
- Blood pressure medications (particularly ACE inhibitors) for high blood pressure or kidney problems
- Light treatments for skin thickening
- Medicines to improve breathing (See: Pulmonary hypertension)
- Medications to treat Raynaud's phenomenon
More detailed information regarding the treatment of scleroderma can be accessed through eMedicine.
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- Scleroderma. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). 2010; http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Scleroderma/default.asp. Accessed 10/11/2010.
- Scleroderma. MayoClinic.com. 2008; http://www.mayoclinic.com/print/scleroderma/DS00362/DSECTION=all&METHOD=print. Accessed 10/11/2010.