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can active systemic lupus erythematosus be caused by prescription medication? need expert opinions!

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Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 17 years experience
Drug-induced lupus: Yes, some prescription medications can definitely cause drug-induced lupus which often will resolve after the drug is stopped. Many of the drugs that can cause lupus do NOT cause lupus in the majority of people treated with them. There may be genetic susceptibility to drug-induced lupus and/or the right trigger. Many possible meds. Best way is to be evaluated by a board certified rheumatologist

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A 24-year-old member asked:

What are some alternative therapies for sle (systemic lupus erythematosus)?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
None: Diet and omega 3 fatty acids may help but there are no specific vitamin or herbal supplements for sle. Avoiding sugar and dairy is helpful for some people. Omega three fatty acids along with vitamin c and b complex may reduce symptoms.
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A 16-year-old member asked:

Is there a cure for systemic lupus erythematosus (sle)?

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Dr. Angus Worthing
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Yes, but: Theoretically, a "reboot" of the immune system, ie a bone marrow transplant, could cure lupus, but this is risky enough that it is very rare. The best treatment includes close monitoring with one's doctor and rheumatologist.
A 52-year-old member asked:

What can I use for systemic lupus erythematosus symptoms if I don't have a new doctor yet?

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Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Many but need doctor: The first thing to do is define your lupus, everyone with lupus is different.You need to contact your physician - see a rheumatologist, define your lupus and then you decide on your treatment. Not everyone with lupus needs meds, but you need good health habits - no smoking, exercise, etc defining your type of lupus will clarify the best medications for you to take.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How common is it for somebody to get systemic lupus erythematosus?

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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Relatively rare: Relatively rare, although it can be produced by some medications.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Systemic lupus erythematosus--what is sle?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Autoimmune disease: A disease in which your body makes antibodies against your own cells. These antibodies cause destruction and inflammation which produce a wide variety of symptoms depending on what cells are being injured. There are some common symptoms and signs with the disease, but just about any symptom could be produced by lupus.

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