What is meclomen?

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SuperGirl413
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   Posted 12/17/2008 12:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Is anybody familiar with it? In prep for my rheumy appointment next Tuesday, I have been asking my family about the health history on both sides.

I did find out that my cousin was diagnosed with lupus during both of her pregnancies but didn't ever really show any symptoms outside of that.

My father was suspected to have lupus but was never formally diagnosed. His doctor put him on a med called meclomen and he took it on and off for several years. Has anybody here heard of it? Is it a drug commonly associated with lupus? Is it still used?

I am just curious. Thanks!

Nicole

Ginny
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   Posted 12/17/2008 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Nicole,
 
I personally had never heard of it until you brought it up!  I did find out that it is an NSAID (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug).  These meds are very common.  If you've ever had really bad menstrual cramps, you might have been prescribed Naproxen (Anaprox).  That's an NSAID too.
 
These meds usually aren't as effective at battling inflammation as prednisone or a corticosteroid is.  For people with a lot of inflammation going on like those with Lupus, they're prescribed prednisone.  NSAIDS are hard on the stomach.  They also have to be taken with precaution as they can cause internal bleeding. 
 
It's fantastic that you have this information about your family link with Lupus.  The rheumy will want to know all that for sure. 
 
Only a week till your appointment!! 
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13

34 years old. Diagnosed with Lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, Anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke, 2002), Sjogren's, Raynaud's, Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck), anxiety. Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, Didrocal, Cozaar, Zoloft, Neurontin, calcium, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus


SuperGirl413
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   Posted 12/17/2008 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Ginny. Yeah...actually...I am in the process of trying to get to the ER right now. I am having a lot of trouble walking this morning and I can't even support myself with my back right now. I am in so much pain...beyond the point of crying.

I am trying to gather all of the info to take with me now.

Ginny
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   Posted 12/17/2008 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Okay Nicole.  I'm praying for you.  Don't let them just send you home with pain meds.  Make them do some work!!! That's why you're paying them! 
 
If you can, let us know how it went okay,
 
love
Ginny
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13

34 years old. Diagnosed with Lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, Anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke, 2002), Sjogren's, Raynaud's, Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck), anxiety. Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, Didrocal, Cozaar, Zoloft, Neurontin, calcium, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus

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