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Are there any treatments for sle other than taking steroids and other medicines?

Are there any treatments for sle other than taking steroids and other medicines?

Avoid sun, diet chan: Sun avoidance can be helpful, and avoiding dairy and red meat is supposed to reduce inflammation associated with lupus, onega 3 fatty acids along with vitamin c. And b vitamins can also help. If however the lupus is active you may still need to take antimalarials such as plaque nil to control the lupus along with diet and supplementation until it subsides. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for depression other than synthetic medicine?

Are there any alternative treatments for depression other than synthetic medicine?

Yes, but check in.: Depression may be helped by daily physical activity, a regular meditation practice, and counseling. In addition, there are some natural remedies that may be helpful in certain cases such as saint john's wort and s-adenosyl-methionine. However, if you suffer from depression, it is important to work with a health care professional and get the help you need. Sometimes that means synthetic medicine. ...Read more

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Are there alternate medications for prednisone?

Are there alternate medications for prednisone?

Depends: There may be alternitives to prednisone, but it depends on what disease is being treated. ...Read more

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My wife is taking prednisone for pmr: are there any other treatments besides steroids for pmr?

My wife is taking prednisone for pmr: are there any other treatments besides steroids for pmr?

Possibly: The best approach is to talk with her doctor about treatment options. Low dose steroids is the recommended medication for treating pmr. ...Read more

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What alternative meds are there for prednisone?

What alternative meds are there for prednisone?

Prednisone sub: In the steroid category, there is cortisone, hydrocortisone, decadron, and medrol. In the non-steroid category, there is ibuprofen, aleve, mobic, (meloxicam) naprosyn, celebrex. ...Read more

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Can there be any other options other than taking hormone replacement therapy drugs?

Can there be any other options other than taking hormone replacement therapy drugs?

Other options: The root of the black cohosh plant is an herb which may be beneficial for hot flashes, but which should be avoided if there is liver illness. It is suggested that the lignans in flaxseed and flaxseed oil may help night sweats/ to obtain the most benefit from flaxseed oil, it should be cold grinded. The plant Estrogens in red clover may be helpful with mild menopausal symptoms but may be >>. ...Read more

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What other treatments are there for chronic depression, other than lifestyle changes or pills?

What other treatments are there for chronic depression, other than lifestyle changes or pills?

Depression: treatment option include medications (antidepressants, atypical antipsychotics & mood stabilizers), microcurrent electrical therapy (MET) /cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS),cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, exercise, healthy nutrition, acupuncture, etc. ...Read more

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What are some other drugs recommended for COPD besides advair?

What are some other drugs recommended for COPD besides advair?

Bronchodilators: Are the primary drugs used to treat COPD and include agents like albuterol, salmeterol (serevent) and tiotropium (spiriva). ...Read more

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What treatment options for RA are there other than drugs?

What treatment options for RA are there other than drugs?

None: Untreated RA quickly leads to irreversible joint damage, deformity and disability. I urge you not to delay in seeing a rheumatologist and starting meds which can prevent damage and put the disease into remission. ...Read more

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What kinds of medicines other than inhalers are used for asthma?

What kinds of medicines other than inhalers are used for asthma?

Yes: Multiple medications are available for management of asthma. However these medicatioons are used only when inhaled medications fail.If you are having difficulty using an inhaler talk with your doctor about using a spacer. Spacers make it much easier to use inhaled medications and make the medication more effective. ...Read more

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Are there any better and newer treatments for thrombophilia?

Are there any better and newer treatments for thrombophilia?

Depends on cause: Thrombophilia means tendency to develop blood clots. There are several causes for this which can be determined by coagulation blood tests. Although there are several different causes, many of them are treated in the same way by anticoagulation. There is a relatively new anticoagulant which requires no regular blood tests, but it has no antidote in the event of bleeding and is quite expensive. ...Read more

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Other then ara-c, what other drugs are currently used for leukemia?

Other then ara-c, what other drugs are currently used for leukemia?

There are >1 type of: I assume that your question is about Acute leukemia where Ara-C is commonly used. This is typically given in combination with other drugs like Daunorubicin or Idarubicin( for AML) and sometimes with Methotrexate(for ALL) ...Read more

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What are other medications for surgery other than carbimazole and propylthiouracil (ptu) and how effective are they?

What are other medications for surgery other than carbimazole and propylthiouracil (ptu) and how effective are they?

Don't understand: These drugs are used in the treatment of hypothyroidism. I am assuming you mean are they effective in the treatment of hyperthyroidism. That is something you need to discuss with you physician and endocrinologist. There are many causes of hyperthyroidism and it will depend on that. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative medicines for diabetes?

Are there any alternative medicines for diabetes?

As above: Diabetes is a chronic condition, u can try excersize and diet , if blood sugar continue to be elevated , talk with u pcp for medication. ...Read more

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As a male, other than antibiotics, are there any other recommended treatments for hormonal acne such as DHT inhibitors?

As a male, other than antibiotics, are there any other recommended treatments for hormonal acne such as DHT inhibitors?

Big guns: Almost all acne is hormonal. The 5-alpha reductase (dihydrotestosterone) inhibitors actually have found some use in managing acne. Your best choice might be topical spironolactone. If your acne has not responded to antibiotics, you're a tough case. If you're offered Isotretinoin instead, consider it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Are there any treatments for sle other than taking steroids and other medicines?

Avoid sun, diet chan: Sun avoidance can be helpful, and avoiding dairy and red meat is supposed to reduce inflammation associated with lupus, onega 3 fatty acids along with vitamin c. And b vitamins can also help. If however the lupus is active you may still need to take antimalarials such as plaque nil to control the lupus along with diet and supplementation until it subsides. ...Read more

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Hi, i'm concerned about my wife who has lupus and crohns. Despite years of immuno suppressant therapy and steroids she has more days of pain and fatig?

Hi, i'm concerned about my wife who has lupus and crohns. Despite years of immuno suppressant therapy and steroids she has more days of pain and fatig?

Teasing out the pain: Sometimes the sx are not from the sle or ibd. Fibromyalgia (fms) afflicts 20% of lupus patients. This is a non-inflamatory pain syndrome. Primary symptoms of fibromyalgia are pain and fatigue. Fms is not treated with steroids or immunosuppressant medication. Fms requires a multidisciplinary approach and is not easy to treat. Fms is treated with certain meds (lyrica, cymbalta, (duloxetine) savella) and exercise. ...Read more

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Why we use antimalarial drugs in treatment of systemic manifestations of sle?

Why we use antimalarial drugs in treatment of systemic manifestations of sle?

See details: Hydroxyxhloroquine (plaquenil) is used because it is not only proven to be effective in treating the common manifestations of lupus but it helps to prevent more serious problems from occurring in the future. ...Read more

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How can a pt on high doses of steroids (sle serositis) tell the diff between having a swollen belly from the drug or true ascites? Abd is swollen/hard

How can a pt on high doses of steroids (sle serositis) tell the diff between having a swollen belly from the drug or true ascites? Abd is swollen/hard

See a doctor: A careful physical exam with a doctor can tell if there is ascites and an abdomen ultrasound can see if there is ascites too. ...Read more

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What the point to biopsey I have lupus, why do I have to have a biopsey. My blood levels have been adnormale for 4 months. I want to take all these new drug treatment for lupus other then predison.

What the point to biopsey I have lupus, why do I have to have a biopsey. My blood levels have been adnormale for 4 months. I want to take all these new drug treatment for lupus other then predison.

Mild lupus-no pred!: Most of my patients with systemic lupus respond quite well to Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) and ridaura ( oral gold). Imuran also works well, as does methotrexate. All are not "new" drugs, which the vast majority do not need! Prednisone is used for severe systemic issues in high doses, or small doses for rescue therapy. ...Read more

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How will an anti-inflammatory drug regimen affect my lasik surgery outcome? I am suffering from systemic lupus and take steroid anti-inflammatory drugs daily for a few years. These have noticeable side effects for me and wonder how my medication regimen w

How will an anti-inflammatory drug regimen affect my lasik surgery outcome? I am suffering from systemic lupus and take steroid anti-inflammatory drugs daily for a few years. These have noticeable side effects for me and wonder how my medication regimen w

It : It is unlikely the anti-inflammatory will have an impact. However, having lupus might influence your recovery rate, you may need more time for healing than a person without lupus. Usually, we recommend that patient not be in an acute inflammatory state with their lupus, symptoms are minimal at the time of lasik surgery. Be sure you lasik surgeon knows you have lupus, also discuss your upcoming lasik surgery with the provider monitoring your lupus. ...Read more

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Malaria as a child now diagnosed Discoid lupus erythematosus, Rash in ears and behind Started 2 weeks steroid cream why are Anti-malaria Drugs used ?

Malaria as a child now diagnosed  Discoid lupus erythematosus, Rash in ears and behind Started 2 weeks steroid cream why are Anti-malaria Drugs used ?

Hydroxychloroquine : There is no association between your past history of malaria and recent diagnosis of discoid lupus. Hydroxychloroquine and similar medication has the additional benefits of being anti-rheumatic medication as well as anti-malarial. Best wishes ...Read more

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Is it true that the medicine albuterol, used for treatment of asthma, contain steroids?

Is it true that the medicine albuterol, used for treatment of asthma, contain steroids?

No: Albuterol is a bronchodilator and not a steroid. It dilates bronchi (airways). Albuterol is typically used as needed for immediate relief of asthma symptoms. Group of inhalers which contain steroid are used as "controller medication" . Goal of controller medications is to reduce frequency of asthma symptoms, decrease flare ups and improve overall quality of life. ...Read more

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Are there any promising drugs out there to reverse steroid myopathy? Or is the treatment just exercise

Are there any promising drugs out there to reverse steroid myopathy? Or is the treatment just exercise

Exercise and weight: Training are the mainstays to building up muscle. I don't know of any drug to help reverse myopathy. ...Read more

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Is sle disease cureable or not? What is the best treatment to sle?

Is sle disease cureable or not? What is the best treatment to sle?

Sle: Lupus has different presentations and can affect different organs. A rheumatologist can best assess the extent of the disease and discuss treatment options, that are many. It is a chronic condition and its severity between individuals varies. ...Read more

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Is it true Hydroxychloriquine is not indicated in the treatment of Discoid Lupus for flare up ?And in fact long term use is only indicated for SLE?

Is it true Hydroxychloriquine is not indicated in the treatment of Discoid Lupus for flare up ?And in fact long term use is only indicated for SLE?

It Depends: Hi Theresa905, According to drugs.com Hydroxychloriquine is used for SLE and Rhematoid Arthritis. As you know it is also used for Malaria treatment. Doctors can prescribe medications what is called off label. They may have seen improvement and know from experience that the medication is safe and effective. Hope that is helpful to you. Dr Lori Lange ...Read more

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What is treatment of sle? Please suggest doctor in delhi.

Variety of treatment: There are a variety of treatments for lupus. Some are more immunosuppressive than others. Others such as Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) are used as maintenance therapy. Sometimes the american college of rheumatology lists international members and that might a good source to locate a rheumatologist. The sooner you establish with a rheumatologist, the sooner you can start treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is sle diesease? Can cure or give treatment

What is sle diesease?  Can cure or give treatment

See below: It is systemic autoimmune disease that affect various organ systems and it is determined by physical findings and lab tests. Certain criteria must be met before one is labeled with this process a great resource to learn about lupus is the lupus foundation and they have support groups for patients with lupus---some of which are online. There is no cure but there are medications that can help. ...Read more

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I am 23, have sle with many organ involvement, & have not responded to any treatments my rheum. Has tried. Am I going to be okay?

I am 23, have sle with many organ involvement, & have not responded to any treatments my rheum. Has tried. Am I going to be okay?

Clarify diagnosis: There are many manifestations of lupus, but people with lupus are normal people who happen to have lupus. Some of your problems may not be lupus. On the other hand the first fda approved drug of lupus, in 50 + years is now available. In the correct setting the drug, Benlysta (belimumab) is a medication that may be indicated depending on the clarification of your diagnosis. We need to clarify. ...Read more

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Is there any alternative treatment available for SLE? ?

Is there any alternative treatment available for SLE? ?

No: Since uncontrolled SLE can cause permanent organ damage (particularly the kidneys) , experimenting with alternative Rx is a dangerous game. Stay the course with your rheumatologist. Since you are likely not exposed much to the sun, you may have a vitamin D3 deficiency which should be corrected with D3 supplement. ...Read more

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Hi dear doctor...can you give me some information about SLE disease?? The treatment and how can we treat it?

Hi dear doctor...can you give me some information about SLE disease?? The treatment and how can we treat it?

Not enough space: For this type of information, I recommend that you google the Mayo Clinic for more information. Healthtap is not designed for general topics with a 400-word limit. ...Read more

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Does a +p-ANCA in a pt with SLE mean they automatically have vasculitis or just that they are at risk for it ? Wat are the implications for treatment

Does a +p-ANCA in a pt with SLE mean they automatically have vasculitis or just that they are at risk for it ? Wat are the implications for treatment

Maynot mean anything: That depends on the clinical and other lab. Usually we don't see anything for him people with SLE, and if it's there it may not be related to the pathogenesis of SLE or of the diagnosis may not be SLE. Rarely I guess that you could have a overlap syndrome ...Read more