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NO: There are no drugs that treat diabetic nephropathy per se. Diabetic nephropathy is not a curable condition. Slowing it down can be achieved by several maneuvers including controlling diabetes and hypertension well and using drug group called ace inhibitors or arb under a close supervision of a doctor since these drugs may have significant side effects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Statins and lupus: Some studies indicate statins would be beneficial in lupus as this autoimmune disease accelerates atherosclerosis or plaquing of the arteries. However some animal studies have shown the oppisite effect. There is a human clinical study going on right now to evaluate the side effects. The contraindication has been that it increases muscle pain and weakness in lupus patients, Hope this helps ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unknown: Amyloid presents as primary and secondary forms. It has been linked in families and is related to abnormally folded proteins. It stands to reason that drugs, foods, environment that is pro-inflammatory may worsen the disease. As to specific medications, like narcotic analgesics or anti-epileptic drugs used to reduce nerve pain, I am unaware of any evidence of interactions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It is magic?: 1the use of anti-malarials in autoimmune diseases was accidentally discovered in treating wwii vets for malaria. Those with RA improved. Chloroquine and ho-q were tested in sle, with very positive results. In the early 80's canadian researchers definitively showed fewer sle flares with ho-q. It is considered the rx of first choice for :sle. We now understand more of the mechanisms, but not all. ...Read more
Does infectious disease specialist treat or study systemic scleroderma. Undifferentied diffuse connective tissue disease,raynauds?
No: these are generally dealt with by rheumatologists. Good luck. ...Read more
Lupus: Lupus comes in 4 major types: systemic, discoid (skin only), neonatal, and drug-induced. Some people who have an abnormality in their immune system and fail to make a body defense protein called complement are also at risk for developing lupus. It has been estimated that 1.5 million people in the US have one of these lupus forms. Women are 2-3 times more likely to develop this disease than men. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mainly Biologic DMAR: The biologic DMARDs are bioloigical disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs. These type of DMARDS are effective in ankylosing spondykiitis (AS). The non biologic DMARDs in scientific studies have not shown much efficacy. You can discuss this with your physician. ...Read more
Immunosuppressives: Big word but the goal of therapy in crohn's disease is to decrease the inflammation in the lining of the bowel. The two familes of medications used are anti-inflammatory medications - thick Motrin for the gut and immunosuppressive medications. Asa compounds such as pentasa, (mesalamine) steroids and medications such as 6-mercaptopurine and remicaide are all used based on how severe your symptoms are. ...Read more
Might methotrexate help w/dysautonomia symptoms caused by autoimmune disorder like lupus when standard tx (floninef & salt)don't' work but prednisone does?
May not be best: Dysautonomia due to lupus could be due to neurological involvement such as autonomic neuropathy, or due to adrenal suppression as a consequence of prolonged steroid treatment. In the first case Methotrexate might not be a strong enough immunosuppressor; its role in lupus is mainly limited to treating arthritis. In the second case, the treatment would be supplemental steroids such as florinef (fludrocortisone). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Only one: Dupuytren's contracture is a genetically mediated fibroproliferative disorder, which causes contractures of the fingers. The only fda approved medical treatment for dupuytren's contracture with a palpable cord is xiaflex (collagenase clostridium histolyticum). Xiaflex (collagenase clostridium histolyticum) is a collagenase, which is an enzyme that breaks down collagen. Collagen build-up leads to contracture. Once dissolved, the finger can be straightened in the office. ...Read moreSee 8 more doctor answers