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What new treatment that is use for r/a and lupus?

What new treatment that is use for r/a and lupus?

See details: The are new therapies for each. For RA it is rituxan, Actemra and a new oral med, xeljanz. For sle, it is benlysta (belimumab). "google" them for more specific info. ...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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What is the best treatment for lupus?

What is the best treatment for lupus?

A good doctor...: After reading some of the other answers from my colleagues... In my opinion the best treatments for lupus are a good rheumatologist; and more importantly...A positive attitude! ...Read more

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What are the treatment options for lupus?

What are the treatment options for lupus?

Steroids, antimalari: Localized lupus can be treated with topical medications. Systemic lupus may need oral steroids , antimalarials such as Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) or quinacrine. In resistant cases Methotrexate or rarely thalidomide. ...Read more

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What are the stages of treatment for lupus?

What are the stages of treatment for lupus?

It depends: It really depends on the systems involved and the severity of that involvement. Most start with Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) and add meds as the disease dictates. ...Read more

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What type of treatment can be given when lupus-like symptoms do not quite warrant a diagnosis? Do I have to wait for a true diagnosis to get relief?

A correct diagnosis: Get a correct diagnosis now. People with lupus can have a variety of symptoms that can be present in other conditions. If you do not have lupus you have something else. This needs to be defined and then you get help now. Waiting for a diagnosis that you may never get is not going to help you. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for lupus nephiritis?

What is the best treatment for lupus nephiritis?

Many!: Many options, depending on severity and your current treatment. Pulsing IV steroids at high dose, cellcept, (mycophenolate mofetil) benlysta, azothioprine, cyclophosphamide, azothioprine, Methotrexate are all options, alone or in combination. Your treatment should be coordinated by someone in rheumatology and/or nephrology! ...Read more

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Lupus nephritis and liprinosil ok treatment?

Probably yes: There is no reason why Lisinopril cannot be used to treat high blood pressure in patients diagnosed with lupus nephritis. In fact, it may be the drug of choice in lupus patients who are also spilling protein in their urine. It may be need to be used with some caution in those patients with more advanced cases of lupus-related kidney disease as it may contribute to high levels of potassium. ...Read more

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What is the most effective treatment to reduce the swelling seen with lupus?

What is the most effective treatment to reduce the swelling seen with lupus?

Please be specific: Which part of the body is swelling? Your legs? Your joints? The treatment will depend on location and cause of it. ...Read more

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If you have lupus and sarcoidosis and you get treatment. How long could you live for?

If you have lupus and sarcoidosis and you get treatment. How long could you live for?

Can't tell: The longevity in these two diseases actually depends on how active they are. Lots of people do well for long since the disease underwent a spontaneous remission or a remission after therapy. ...Read more

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If someone has PRES because of lupus what is the treatment to make the PRES go away?

See below: Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome is characterized by headache, confusion, seizures, visual loss and M.R.I. showing characteristic lesions. It is seen in lupus and treatment is treatment of lupus, treatment of coexisting hypertension, and treatment of kidney failure or eclapsia if it exists. You should be and probably are in the good hands of a Rheumatologist, Neurologist and others. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you have lupus and sarcoidosis and you refuse treatment. How long could you live for?

It depends: It depends on the organ involvement. Talk to your rheumatologist who knows your case best and he or she could give you a better estimate. ...Read more

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Is it normal w/lupus that even if treatment is working, most days are good, &labs look good to still get occasional bad days related to condition? Why?

Not enough info: What do you mean by bad days and what specific issues do you mean? But yes, there can be occasional days with increased symptoms even if the control is otherwise good. ...Read more

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Best treatment for lupus anemia?

Best treatment for lupus anemia?

Control the SLE: The best therapy is to control the inflammatory process caused by lupus. ...Read more

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What is treatment for systemic lupus erythematosus?

What is treatment for systemic lupus erythematosus?

S L E : Systemic lupus erythematosus is an auto immune disease, that can affect skin, joints, kodneys, brain, and other organs.Auto immune means bodys immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues it is treated with steroids and non steroidal anti inflammatory meds, avoid sun and wear protective clothing. Cytotoxic drugs if you do not respond to cortico steroids cytotoxics have side effects need to be monit. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for subacute cutaneous lupus?

No sun, some Rx: Sun protection, topical steroids. If no better in 2-4 weeks, cortisone injections into the lesions or topical calcineurin inhibitors. If still no better in 2-4 more weeks, oral hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial medication. There are even further treatment for refractory cases but the above usually works. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for systemic lupus erythematosus?

What is the treatment for systemic lupus erythematosus?

Many: Start with hydorxychoroquine dosed at 6.0mg/kg of body weight. Steroids id necessary for a flare. Other drugs that work well are azothioprine, cyclosporine, cellcept, (mycophenolate mofetil) and benlysta. More recently, some papers have touted rituxan. ...Read more

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