Last updated: 5/25/2015
Treatment of Wegener's granulomatosis usually includes a combination of glucocorticoids such as prednisone
and an immunosuppressive drug such as rituximab
, or azathioprine
These medicines may cause serious side effects. Patients should be carefully monitored by a healthcare provider. Other medications which may be prescribed include:
- Bisphosphonate (Fosamax) to prevent bone loss caused by prednisone
- Folic acid or folinic acid (leucovorin) -- if you are taking methotrexate
- Antibiotics to prevent lung infections
More detailed information about the treatment of Wegener's granulomatosis can be accessed through the
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
also provides information about the treatment of Wegener's granulomatosis, including a section detailing alternative and/or promising therapies.
Last updated: 9/28/2016
Research scientists at the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) have been studying Wegener's granulomatosis since the 1970s. While strides have been made towards treating this condition, the side effects experienced by many patients remains a concern. That is why researchers continue to study this disease, in the hopes of better understanding its causes and to develop new and better treatments.
NIAID and other parts of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) support research on Wegener's granulomatosis and related forms of vasculitis at medical centers throughout the United States through the extramural grants program. NIH supports the Vasculitis Clinical Research Consortium (VCRC), for example. The multicenter VCRC fosters and facilitates clinical investigation in the inflammatory vasculitides, including Wegener's granulomatosis.
More information about VCRC is available at: http://rarediseasesnetwork.epi.usf.edu/vcrc/. Much of the information available at this site is designed to help people manage their disease.
The U.S. National Institutes of Health, through the National Library of Medicine, developed ClinicalTrials.gov to provide patients, family members, and members of the public with current information on clinical research studies. ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Wegener's granulomatosis. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies. After you click on a study, review its "eligibility" criteria to determine its appropriateness. Use the study’s contact information to learn more. Check this site often for regular updates.
You can also contact the Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison (PRPL) Office at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). We recommend calling the toll-free number listed below to speak with a specialist, who can help you determine if you are eligible for any clinical trials. If you are located outside the United States, and would like to be contacted via telephone, you will need to provide your telephone number in full, including area code and international dialing prefix.
Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison Office
NIH Clinical Center
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-2655
Web site: http://clinicalcenter.nih.gov/
If you are interested in enrolling in a clinical trial, you can find helpful general information on clinical trials at the following ClinicalTrials.gov Web page.
The Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool (RePORT) provides access to reports, data, and analyses of research activities at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including information on NIH expenditures and the results of NIH-supported research. Although these projects may not conduct studies on humans, you may want to contact the investigators to learn more. To search for studies, click on the link and enter the disease name in the "Terms Search" box. Then click "Submit Query".
Last updated: 6/8/2011
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