How Is GCA Treated?
GCA can cause serious complications, which is why it’s important to treat it right away. When GCA is diagnosed and treated early, you’re more likely to see better results.
Treatment for GCA usually starts with high doses of steroids to immediately control inflammation. If the inflammation becomes less serious, the steroid dose can be lowered. While steroids are useful for treating GCA, long-term use can result in a high total dose of steroids. This high total dose may cause serious side effects. An example of a steroid you may have heard of is called prednisone.
A biologic is a type of medicine developed using processes that are similar to what happens in your body naturally. Biologics can be used to interact with certain parts of your body, like your immune system. They can also fight inflammation in certain diseases, like GCA.
ACTEMRA is an example of a biologic. The goal of ACTEMRA is to help control your GCA while allowing your healthcare professional to gradually get you off steroids. Ask your healthcare professional about the benefits and risks of treating your GCA with ACTEMRA.
Biologics may cause serious side effects. Please scroll down for Important Side Effect Information for ACTEMRA. For additional safety information, please see the full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide.