Because the cause of polymyalgia rheumatica is not known, there is no way to prevent it.
Although nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin and others) or naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn) often are tried, they are rarely very helpful. Corticosteroids (such as prednisone) usually are required to treat polymyalgia rheumatica effectively. Low doses (10 to 20 milligrams per day) are highly effective.
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