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Is midodrine safe to take for someone with hypotension/autonomic dysfunction but also has lupus with no organ involvement?

Is midodrine safe to take for someone with hypotension/autonomic dysfunction but also has lupus with no organ involvement?

Safe & Effective?: That's the big question. Effective? FDA http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm225468.htm http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0075242/ Safe? All drugs have side effects, risks. Treatment 4 each/every person must B personalized. In other words, your physician can help U decide if midodrine is safe & efective 4 U by watching response M ...Read more

Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Hypotension (Definition)

Hypotension is defined as "low blood pressure". Blood pressure is measured as two numbers and expressed as systolic blood pressure (sbp) / diastolic blood pressure (dbp). The sbp is the pressure that is generated when the heart squeezes. Dbp occurs when the heart relaxes. 120/70 is considered normal in adults. Less than 100/60 (of either number) can ...Read more


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Is midodrine safe to take for someone with hypotension/autonomic dysfunction but also has lupus with no organ involvement?

Is midodrine safe to take for someone with hypotension/autonomic dysfunction but also has lupus with no organ involvement?

Midodrine safety: Hi CM335, midodrine is used for hypotension, especially in cases of autonomic dysfunction. Ask your doctor about interactions with your other meds. It is not known to cause lupus flairs. If you develop a rash, shakes, palpitations, weakness, dizziness, or shortness of breath see your doctor immediately. Although uncommon, can represent side effects of the medication. Hope thats helpful. ...Read more

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Who all gets lupus?

Who all gets lupus?

Genes, environment: This answer will change as we know more about lupus. We believe that for a person to get lupus, from the limited genetic information we have now, about 10% is from known genetic causes and remaining 90% unknown genetic causes and environmental causes. Environmental causes are largely undefined but important. Think about this: only 30% of identical twins develop lupus together. ...Read more

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Is Lupus reversible?

No: Lupus in all its various presentations is treatable but it is not curable nor reversible. In some cases, lupus may go into remission but if it does go into remission, it does so on its own and does not go into remission as a result of treatment. ...Read more

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Is lupus hereditary? 

Somewhat hereditary?: Sle (lupus) is an auto-immune disorder in which a person's immune system is reacting strongly against parts of his own body. The inflammation from the immune system reaction leads to symptoms. It is believed to be partly genetic or familial (some people may be genetically more likely to get sle) and partly environmental (something happens in a person's life that sets off the auto-immune reaction). ...Read more

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What is systemic lupus?

What is systemic lupus?

Autoimmune disease: Lupus erythematosus is a chronic inflammatory disease of unknown cause. The immune system attacks the patient's own body (autoimmunity) and can inflame the skin, joints, kidneys, nervous system, lungs, mucous membranes, and other internal organs. A red rash is often but not always present. Thus, it was named lupus erythematosus meaning "red wolf.". ...Read more

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How is lupus diagnosed?

Multiple factors: The diagnosis of lupus is made based on a constellation of clinical and laboratory criteria. That is there are a number of pre-determined symptoms, physical signs (things a Dr. sees when examining you), and findings on bloodwork. A minimum number of these must be present in order for the diagnosis to be made. So, you would need to have a physical exam and have blood work drawn. ...Read more