03.20.18

Oral Corticosteroids a Cheaper Alternative to IV Route for Optic Neuritis

Source: Medscape

Bioequivalent doses of oral corticosteroids are a cheaper, effective alternative to intravenous corticosteroids for acute optic neuritis (ON), according to a new trial, as reported by Reuters.

“It was important to do this study because high-dose intravenous (IV) corticosteroids have been used to treat acute inflammatory optic neuritis without any evidence of being superior to bioequivalent doses of oral corticosteroids," said Dr. Sarah A. Morrow of the London Health Sciences Centre in London, Canada, who worked on the study.

Optic neuritis has a lifetime prevalence of about 50% in people with multiple sclerosis and is often the first presentation of the disease, she explained in an email to Reuters Health.

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