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What is the alternative medication for dexamethasone for Celiac sprue and Dermatitis herpetiformis?

I have celiac spru and a list of exhibited diseases but mainly dermatitis herpiformis. dermatologist has me on dexamethasone but it is such a roller coaster, weight gain, difficulty breathing, sleep problems, among other things. is there a better medication to try? I am most medication sensitive as well as gluten.
Mon, 20 Jan 2014
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Hello,
Welcome to healthcare magic.
You could discuss with your dermatologist about oral Dapsone for the treatment of dermatitis hetpetiformis. This is a prescription drug and can be taken only under supervision. It is a steroid sparing agent and can help to control the disease without the untoward side effects of steroids.
Hope this helps you.
Take care.
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