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Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2000 Jul-Aug;18(4 Suppl 20):S56-7.

Corticosteroids in polymyalgia rheumatica--a review of different treatment schedules.

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Department of Rheumatology, Southend Hospital, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, UK.


Low dose oral steroids (prednisolone 10-15 mg daily) are currently advocated for the treatment of uncomplicated PMR and the dose should be carefully adjusted in relation to disease activity. Intramuscular methylprednisolone has been shown to have a similar remission rate to oral steroids and a better side effect profile with respect to fracture rate and weight gain. Prophylaxis for osteoporosis at least with calcium and vitamin D should be initiated at the start of steroid therapy.

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