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My rheuma said I might have ild, I have sle as well. What meds is better: benlysta (belimumab) or cytoxan?
I am considering benlysta (belimumab) for my sle. For those physicians that have used benlysta (belimumab) with their sle patients, what has been your experience?
Favorable: For aapropriate patients the experience with Benlysta (belimumab) has been good. There has been improvement in general features of fatigue with improvement in rash and joint pain. It's use has allowed me to lower the Prednisone dosage of patients and their serologies (anti- dna and complemnent) levels have improved. ...Read more
Need an md that treats lupus in fort lauderdale florida my daughter was diagnosed with lupus 2 years ago at age 28.She is unable to tolerate high doses of prednisone. She is currently having benlysta treatments which she is possible allergic to. What now
The treatment of rheumatic diseases is somewhat, a little more, complex. Rheumatic diseases, and lupus specially needs atention and desicions related to the severity of the disease and related to the organs involved. The decision on wich drug to use has to do with what's going on and what body system is involved and how.
The equation lupus = therapy or latest therapy does not apply. Is not like high blood sugar = latest diabetes pill or latest insulin. In diabetes that equation does apply. ...Read more
Yes it works: It can work for some manifestations of lupus but not others. Not everyone is the same as each has a different type of lupus. This is something to discuss with your rheumatologist. ...Read more
There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more
Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more
ASPRIN: Actually no one has decided on 'safest'. Asprin has been around since before you were born and unless you take too much (yes, too much of anything isn't good) most people are okay with it. If the pain it too severe for asprin you need to know what causes it. Good diagnosis is called for. See the dr. ...Read more
Applies to skin: Topical just refers to how a medication is applied. In this case to the skin and is meant to treat local skin problems. Some meds are applied to the skin but are meant to be absorbed into the body in which case we use the term "transdermal" since it is meant to pass through the skin to affect the whole body. ...Read more
Why R you depressed?: If your depression is affecting your life and/or those around you and you have trouble dealing with it or not knowing how to etc. It is very reasonable to seek help, either from a therapist, your physician/nurse, or both. Psychotherapy may be adequate for some, others may need both meds (many choices, depending on your symptoms/needs) and therapy. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
RSD, or: Complex regional pain syndrome can be difficult to treat and each patient needs to be treated differently. Opioid medications are definitely not the first option. Consider medications that affect nerve pain most, like neuromodulators such as gabapentin. Clonidine has been found to help some as well. Stellate ganglion blocks can be diagnostic/therapeutic. Consider topical ketamine creams as well. ...Read more
Antacid: An h2 blocker (like Pepcid (famotidine) or its generic) once or twice daily, provides relief for many after about a week. If this fails, a proton pump inhibitor (ppi--like Prilosec or its generic) will often work where h2's have failed. If both fail after at least one week trial of each, see your dr or a GI dr for eval. ...Read more
Elimiron: Elmiron (pentosan) is a medication that is fda approved for ic (interstitial cystitis). The main way it works is not truly known, but it may help with coating the lining of the bladder. In ic, inflammation may be the main cause of pain. Have you seen a doctor in regards to this? Hopefully, you can get the proper testing and see if this med would work well for you. ...Read more
Some people do: ADD medications, stimulants in particular may change the way you feel. Some feel calmer or less restless or agitated. Some feel more focused. Some feel increased restlessness. But in short, yes, stimulants can make you feel differently than prior to taking them. ...Read more
Clarify, please!: Do you want to know how to treat addiction? There are many addicting drugs out there and the medical treatment is different for all of them. But for all of them Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous are extremely helpful and can often be the only treatment required. Often these programs, which are free, have success rates equal to many inpatient and outpatient costly rehab programs. ...Read more
Drug reaction: If you are having an adverse reaction to a medication, stop the medication and call your doctor. ...Read more
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