Treatments and drugs

By Mayo Clinic Staff

There's no cure for familial Mediterranean fever. However, treatment can help prevent signs and symptoms.

Medications used to control signs and symptoms of familial Mediterranean fever include:

  • Colchicine. This drug, taken in pill form, reduces inflammation in your body and helps prevent attacks. Work with your doctor to determine the best dosing strategy for you. Some people take one dose a day, while others need smaller, more-frequent doses. Potential side effects include diarrhea, muscle weakness, and numbness in your hands or feet.
  • Other drugs to prevent inflammation. For people whose signs and symptoms aren't controlled with colchicine, other medications that control inflammation may be options, though these treatments are considered experimental. Other medications include rilonacept (Arcalyst) and anakinra (Kineret).
Oct. 09, 2012