There are over 10 different drugs used to treat sarcoidosis.
- Prednisone (a steroid)n is the most commonly used drug used for sarcoidosis (eye and skin involvement) and is in a class of medications called corticosteroids. It works to treat patients with low levels of corticosteroids by replacing steroids that are normally produced naturally by the body.
- Methotrexate and azathioprine are often used as steroid sparing (to help people get off prednisone).
- Infliximab and similar drugs can sometimes work when prednisone does not work.
Systemic treatment (using drugs that work throughout the body) is usually recommended when sarcoidosis affects the brain or heart and when sarcoidosis is affecting lung function.