Steroid-sparing alternative treatments for sarcoidosis

Clin Chest Med. 1997 Dec;18(4):853-64. doi: 10.1016/s0272-5231(05)70423-8.


Alternatives to corticosteroids for the treatment of sarcoidosis are reviewed. These include cytotoxic agents such as methotrexate, azathioprine, and cyclophosphamide. In addition, agents such as hydroxychloroquine and cyclosporine are reviewed. The efficacy, toxicity, and timing of these drugs in the management of sarcoidosis is discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antimalarials / therapeutic use
  • Antimetabolites / therapeutic use
  • Cyclosporine / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Immunosuppressive Agents / therapeutic use
  • Sarcoidosis / drug therapy*


  • Antimalarials
  • Antimetabolites
  • Immunosuppressive Agents
  • Cyclosporine