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Tips on drugs for polymyalgia rheumatica

I was diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) by my GP and sent immediately to a rheumatologist. I had two bouts of giant cell arteritis (GCA) during that time and took prednisolone (a steroid tablet) in varying degrees. I was then started on leflunomide, a drug usually given for rheumatoid arthritis. I was fortunate that it helped me as I am now almost completely free of something that had taken over my life – although at the start it caused awful side-effects until my body got used to it. I then had to come off the prednisolone gradually and am now down to 1 mg, and I hope to be completely off it soon. If this can help somebody else I would be delighted.

Eunice, Hertfordshire (Winter 2013)

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