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Do Any Drugs Interefere With Tests For Autoimmune Diseases
Immunosuppression: Certainly some medicines can suppress the immune system -& whole classes of drugs are designed to do just that. For example, someone with lupus, inflammatory arthritis, or with an organ transplant will have an 'altered' immune system because of those meds -that is deliberate. So it really depends on what meds you may or may not be on. Sometimes we do find immunodeficiencies on routine blood work. ...Read more
In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in . As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system . One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells . List of auto immune disease are many and growing . End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid , pancreas or cells such as white ...Read more
Are there any "at home" treatments or recommendations for addison's and graves disease? I also have other auto immune disorders.
Stay healthy: These are two serious endocrine diseases that need full dose conventional treatment as your backbone regimen. The addison can be controlled and its treatment sometimes help other autoimmune conditions as well. The graves can be cured. Please see your doctor to have regular checkup. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can an ANA test or any blood test used to diagnose auto-immune diseases show all the types of lupus?
Not necessarily: Patients with systemic le will almost always have a positive ana. However, patients with lupus confined to the skin, i.e. Discoid le or scle (subacute cutaneous le)may not have a positive ana. A positive ANA by itself does not necessarily indicate sle and is seen in a number of medical conditions. The diagnosis of sle is made on the basis of historical, clinical and laboratory criteria. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What medications can help the forgetfulness associated with ms. I takw copaxone (glatiramer) daily. No other medicatiins. Lab work chemistries and thyroid are ok?
Side effects: There are side effects related to the treatment of multiple sclerosis, as well as the effects of the disease itself on attention, concentration and memory. In some cases the addition of antidepressants will improve the cognitive effects and the low mood associated with the condition. A consultation with the psychiatrist could be very helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Symptoms consistent with lupus or CFS. All blood tests negative. Can't take NSAIDS or corticosteroids because I Have Barret's. Any suggestions.
Diagnosis: If you have not been specifically diagnosed you do not want to be taking medications which are very non-specific and which have potentially severe complications. You need to sit down and discuss this at length with your doctor. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more
How can I suppress my immune system given my autoimmune disease? Should i request immunosuppressant medications? Are there any other options?
Does hashimoto hypothyroidism is associated with inceased risks for other autoimmune diseases? Thank you.
limited risk: It is true that people with 1 autoimunne disease are somewhat more at risk than the general population to develop another, but tha absolute risk is small, & there is evedence to suggest that keeping thyroid disease controlled may reduce further risk. It's important to see your doctor regularly & take your med correctly. Also, tendency to autoimmunity runs in families, so don't hide the problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Autoimmune Disease: When you have an autoimmune disease, your body produces antibodies against some of your own tissues. Diagnosing an autoimmune disease involves identifying the antibodies your body is producing. Tests may include: antinuclear antibody tests, autoantibody tests, complete blood count (cbc), c-reactive protein (crp), erythrocyte sedimentation rate (esr). ...Read more
Statins: Can be used sometimes if liver function is closely monitored. ...Read more
Potentially yes: Drugs that we use for autoimmune disease do have potentially liver toxicities. Drugs such as methotrexate, imuran. And Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) which are drugs which we use for autoimmune disease do have potential liver problems particularly the elevation of liver function tests. If labs are followed correctly, the potential for chronic liver disease are rare. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why can someone with a dysfunctional liver (due to autoimmune disease) not take cholesterol-lowering drugs?
Filter: The filtering units of the liver are compromised, cholesterol meds are metabolized by liver. Risk increases of having muscle damage as side effect. ...Read more
Do anti-histone antibodies appear exclusively in drug-induced lupus or can they appear in SLE & other disorders as well?
Should people diagnosed with sle or discoid lupus avoid taking the drugs associated with drug-induced lupus?
If possible: Certain drugs can affect lupus so if there is a choice it may be prudent to avoid three drugs however depending on your circumstance there may not be other options. If you must take a drug associated with lupus be vigilant in reporting any joint pains, fever, or unusual symptoms to your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are racetam drugs (eg piracetam) safe for use in study/cognitive enhancement? Do these drugs currently have any clinical indications?
Too long a list: but it is not that they aren't compatible with methadone, but rather that they may interfere with its metabolism, either increasing or decreasing methadone levels, thus either increasing potential toxicity and side effects, or decreasing effectiveness and causing withdrawal. Increased methadone levels may also increase chance of heart arrhythmia. Any sedating drug adds to methadone SE's, esp benzo ...Read more
The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more
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