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Dr. Jeffrey Miller
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What happens if you stop taking immunosuppressive for rheumatoid arthritis?

What happens if you stop taking immunosuppressive for rheumatoid arthritis?

Comes back: Rarely does RA go into true remission without getting worse after stopping the immunosuppressives. This is particuarly true for methotrexate. Many people have stopped gold therapy without a return of the arthritis for many years. Occasionally biologics can be stopped after several years of remission but the RA usually returns. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Rupp
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What happens if you have ama do you need to go on immunosuppressive drugs?

What happens if you have ama do you need to go on immunosuppressive drugs?

Did you mean ANA?: If your ANA is positive you may not need any drugs unless you have symptoms consistent with lupus or an additional autoimmune disease. I suggest that you see a rheumatologist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrea Brand
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Dr. Addagada Rao
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What happens to the GFR of the transplanted kidney? Will it initially rise due to compensatory increase and then reduce due to immunosuppressive drugs

What happens to the GFR of the transplanted kidney? Will it initially rise due to compensatory increase and then reduce due to immunosuppressive drugs

Great question but: Has several complex issues are involved , GFR is the litmus paper how good the kidney is functioning , assessed indirectly based on creatinine levels , yes the drugs especially steroids acts on muscle wasting , produce less of creatinine , there by showing higher GFR value , not due to compensation . It is also possible to get true GFR estimation by non creatinine based testing , usually not done. ...Read more

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Dr. Shabbir Hossain
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What is immunosuppressive drug?

What is immunosuppressive drug?

Suppress immunity: Immunosuppressive drugs are medicines intended to control or shut down your pwn immune system. Many medical conditions are caused by your own immune system or made worse by your immune system. A common one is Prednisone (steroids). ...Read more

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Dr. Andrea Brand
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Dr. Richard Williams
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How immunosuppressive drug works in our body?

How immunosuppressive drug works in our body?

Basically: Immunosupressives try to minimize your body's rejection of a foreign substance (like a organ transplant). Your body's first response will be to recognize this "foreigner" and get your white blood cells and other immune system "good guys" to get rid of it. This is also what happens when you have an autoimmune disease like lupus (basically you develop an immunity to yourself). ...Read more

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Dr. Alex Martinez
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Why would I want to take immunosuppressive drugs?

Why would I want to take immunosuppressive drugs?

To decrease immunity: Immunosuppresive agents are drugs that decrease immune function. While in most situations this would be undesirable, with certain conditions where the immune system is overactive or too aggressive, these drugs may be proper. Examples include to prevent rejection of transplanted organs, in autoimmune conditions to prevent tissue destruction, and in diseases with chronic inflammation like asthma. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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What are immunosuppressive drugs? Why they are used?

Immune disorders: Immune suppressive drugs works just as they sound- to suppress the type of overactive immune responses causing the illnesses . The type of drug used would depend on the type of immune reactions specific to that disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Cheng
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What is the difference between immunosuppressive drugs?

What is the difference between immunosuppressive drugs?

A lot: Organ rejection is a complex and not entirely understood immunologic process. Different immunosuppressive drugs are designed to interrupt different parts of this cascade of processes. Each drug has different efficacy and side-effect profiles. Most of the time clinicians employ a combination of multiple drugs and adjust their dosages to maximize efficacy & minimize side-effects. ...Read more

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Dr. Stuart Flechner
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Do people with transplanted organ need immunosuppressive drugs forever?

Do people with transplanted organ need immunosuppressive drugs forever?

In General, Yes: However, identical twins (same placenta) don't since they do not reject organs and tissues. In addition, there may be a few recipients with a sluggish immune system that don't appear to reject their transplanted organ. We call this tolerance, and it is a very hot area of research. The doses of is drugs usually can be decreased over time, and some recipients actually take very little. ...Read more

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Dr. W. James Chon
Board Certified, Nephrology and Dialysis
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Why is it that aids is treated with immunosuppressive drugs?

Why is it that aids is treated with immunosuppressive drugs?

Untrue: It is NOT true that immunosuppressive medications are used to treat HIV/AIDS. Highly Active Anti Retroviral Therapy (HAART) drugs are used. ...Read more

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