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Immunosuppressive Drug Considerations for SRMA?

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    November 19, 2018 1:26 PM EST

    Question submitted by the audience in our recent webinar: Understanding Steroid Responsive Meningitis-Arteritis and Other Inflammatory Neurological Disorders of Dogs:

    My Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Rosco, relapsed one month after a six-month prednisone taper.  Aside from prednisone, is there anything else we can give our dogs when we recognize they are relapsing?  Please address treatment plan if patient relapses. 

    Answer by: Karen R. Muñana, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology):

    Additional immunosuppressive drugs can be used in dogs that are refractory to standard corticosteroid treatment, or that have intolerable adverse effects of treatment. Among secondary immunosuppressive drugs, azathioprine has been used most often in the treatment of SRMA.  However, cyclosporine, cytosine arabinoside, leflunomide or mycophenylate can also be utilized.