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What Is Used To Treat Lupus
Many: There are many therapies for lupus. First of all it depends on what ype of lupus one has and how bad it is. Some patients need no treatment. We still use medications that have been around for years which include drugs like advil, (ibuprofen) Prednisone and drugs called dmards such as Plaquenil and methotrexate. There are a host of other medications also. Talk with your md. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Aside from Plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) which drug used to treat lupus has the least side effects? Likely going to have to add another to my cocktail.
Depends: Every lupus patient is different. Choice of meds depends on the severity of your illness. Work with your rheumatologist to develop the most appropriate treatment plan for your case. That's his job. ...Read more
No.: A novacure treatment is a newer technology used against certain types of cancers. Lupus is not cancer; rather, it is an autoimmune disease where your immune system attacks normal cells and forms antibody complexes, which in turn cause a whole host of problems including rashes, pain, joint problems, and kidney failure. Treatment of lupus is targeted against the faulty immune system. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varied therapies: It depends on what manifestations of disease you have . Treatments may include anti inflammatory medications, steroids and many other treatments. These really depend on your symptoms with severe nervous system or kidney disease powerful drugs lime Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) may also be needed. ...Read more
Complicated: If you have lupus, you should see a doctor specializing in careof that disease. The specialist here would be a rheumatologist. You may have a pcp who is very competent in caring for you, however. You may need to be followed by a dermatologist, nephrologist (kidney doctor) and neurologist. Can't give you the whole enchilada in 400 character space. (google a reputable web site). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Meds & prevention: All people with systemic lupus should take Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) unless allergic. It helps control flares & prevent organ damage. Also nsaids help pain. Immune suppression drugs may be needed. Preventing infection (vaccines, hand-washing, etc.) and preventing heart disease are important. A rheumatologist is helpful. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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, (mycophenolate mofetil) Imuran or a combo of these. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anti-inflammatories.: Granted, with a true lupus flare we generally require prescription-strength steroids to control the raging inflammation, but for now you can try OTC anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen. As well, a warm bath may help soothe some of the pain. If specific joints hurt, K you can also try Capsaicin cream to the skin of those joints. ...Read more
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