There is no specific treatment for scleroderma. Your provider will assess the extent of disease in the lungs, kidneys, heart, and gastrointestinal tract.
You will be prescribed medicines and other treatments to control your symptoms and prevent complications.
Medicines used to treat scleroderma include:
- Corticosteroids such as prednisone. Doses above 10 mg per day are not recommended.
- Drugs that suppress the immune system such as methotrexate
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
Other treatments for specific symptoms may include:
- Medicines for heartburn or swallowing problems
- Blood pressure medicines (such as ACE inhibitors) for high blood pressure or kidney problems
- Light therapy to relieve skin thickening
- Medicines to improve breathing (bosentan)
- Treatments to improve Raynaud phenomenon, including medicines, gloves to keep the hands warm, and avoiding smoking
Treatment often involves physical therapy as well.