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Lupus erythematosus is a name given to a collection of autoimmune diseases, in which the human immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissues.Symptoms of these diseases can affect many different body systems, including joints, skin, kidneys, blood ...Read more
When is it necessary to take imuran for lupus? And do I have to take it if I have normal WBC counts .. why to take it if no leucocytosis ?
Yes/no: Imuran can be harmful to the fetus...So it has to be stopped during early pregnancy. ...Usually the first 2-3 months(first trimester), which is the time of most risk to the baby). So it requires careful planning and timing so that you can be off this medication for a short period and then may be able to resume during the 2nd and 3rd trimester with reasonable safety. ...Read more
How effective is imuran for lupus or sjogrens? Methotrexate worked great for me but can't tolerate GI side effects even with injection.
Different treatments: Systemic lupus can be a very severe disease, especially in children.Plaquenil alone may be sufficient to help prevent flares of disease once it is in remission, but to put it into remission almost always involves oral ;/or IV steroids.Depending on organs affected (kidney ; brain disease most severe), patients may need methotrexate, Rituximab (biologic), cytoxan, cellcept, Imuran or a combo of these. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Imuran: "Azathioprine (Imuran) is a drug used to treat swelling and pain in arthritis. The most common diseases treated with Imuran are dermatomyositis, systemic lupus erythematosus and vasculitis. It belongs to a class of medications called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) or immunosuppressants. This class of medicines can decrease joint damage and disability" ...Read more
Lupus is treatable: Systemic lupus can be a very severe disease, especially in children.Plaquenil alone may be sufficient to help prevent flares of disease once it is in remission,but to put it into remission most often involves oral or IV steroids.Depending on organs affected (kidney and brain disease can be most severe), patients may need methotrexate, rituximab(biologic),Cytoxan,Cellcept,Imuran or a combo of these ...Read more
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