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Lupus Treatments

The symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosis (SLE, lupus) vary greatly, so there is a wide range of medications prescribed by doctors to treat patients’ symptoms accordingly. For some patients it could take years to find the proper balance and combination of medicinal treatments that help alleviate lupus symptoms and prevent flare-ups. Between anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, antimalarials, monoclonal antibodies, immunosuppressives and anticoagulants, there are many available prescription drugs available for lupus patients.

Upon receiving a lupus diagnosis, patients are referred to rheumatologists to manage their lupus cases. Together with the patient, the rheumatologist will develop an appropriate treatment plan for the patient to relieve symptoms such as inflammation, fatigue and joint pain, as well as to prevent organ damage, flare-ups and prevent the immune system from attacking its own body. A key part of treating lupus is having regular evaluations with a rheumatologist to make sure that the disease is kept in-check and no life-threatening symptoms and organ involvement is taking place.

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The following are the types of drugs available to treat lupus symptoms:
-Anti-inflammatories
-Reduce inflammation
-Reduce joint pain
-Treat fever
-Treat pleurisy
-Treat arthritis
-Most common drug used in lupus treatment
-Types: aspirin, acetaminophen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
-Corticosteroids (steroids, glucocorticoids, cortisone)
-Fast-acting drugs
-Reduce joint inflammation
-Reduce joint pain
-Reduce joint tenderness
-Reduce immune system’s self-destructive activity
-Immunosuppressives (immunosuppressants, immune modulators)
-Reduce inflammation
-Reduce immune system’s self-destructive activity
-Disables immune system to fight infection
-Antimalarials
-May decrease the severity and occurrence of flare-ups
-Low toxicity
-Treat skin rashes
-Treat mouth ulcers
-Reduce joint pain
-Treat skin lesions
-Decrease autoantibody production
-Protect against the ultraviolet rays of the sun and other sources (which are harmful for lupus patients)
-Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs)
-Reduce inflammation
-Anticoagulants
-Reduce blood clots
-Thin the blood

Before engaging in alternative medicine to treat lupus, patients must consult with their doctors to make sure that these practices are safe. Homeopathic medicines and therapies should never be used in place of prescribed medications from doctors. Additionally, some alternative therapies may be dangerous if applied in conjunction with lupus drugs, and therefore should never be used without permission from a doctor who knows your specific lupus case.

Patients with organ involvement are advised to consult medical specialists in that organ’s department of medicine. Healthcare specialists may prescribe additional medications not prescribed by rheumatologists. For example, patients with cardiac involvement should see cardiologists and make certain that their rheumatologists and cardiologists have adequate communication concerning treatment plans and thoughts.

Pregnant lupus patients should visit with high-risk obstetricians to monitor the health of both the fetus and mother. It is advised that women with lupus consult their obstetricians before becoming pregnant. Pregnant women may have to change their medications during pregnancy and may need to increase medicinal dosages after childbirth to avoid flare-ups. Rheumatologists and obstetricians should closely monitor women not only during pregnancy, but after they deliver their babies.

Talk to your doctor today to develop the best treatment plan for your lupus symptoms. Medicines have a come a long way, and now offer a 95% of patients a minimum of five years’ survival rate. There is a medication available for all of lupus’s symptoms. Take back the reigns of your immune system by talking with your doctor.