symptoms if steroids fail or decrease steroid requirements

Other Drug Therapy: Abdominal cramps may be treated with propantheline, dicy

clomine, or hyoscyamine, but these drugs should not be used if a bowel obstruction is

possible. Some patients who are suffering with severe abdominal pain may require nar

cotic analgesics such as meperidine (Demerol). Also, patients who develop deficien

cies because of problems of malabsorption may require vitamin B12 injections monthly

or iron replacement therapy. Other nutritional supplements include calcium, magne

sium, folate, and other micronutrients

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