Med's For Lupus

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   Posted 2/8/2010 10:07 PM (GMT -6)   
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What medication is used for Lupus?

What medication is used for Lupus?...easier asked than answered! There is no *one* medication for lupus, as it is an unpredictable and contrary disease that manifests in thousands different ways & combinations. Lupus is often called "the disease of 10,000 faces" as no one has the same combination of symptoms. That said...

Let me name a few medications, others may offer some more alternatives.

1) Disease-Modifying: Plaquenil

2) Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories: Ibuprofen, Celebrex, Piroxicam, Feldene, etc.
---a) Protect stomach with: Prilosec, Prevacid, etc.

3) Immunosuppressants: Prednisone, Methotrexate, Imuran, Cellcept, etc.
---a) Protect bones with Calcium, Vit D with OTC or Boniva, etc
---b) Can lead to numerous yeast issues, mouth (thrush), vaginal, or systemic. I was treated numerous times for vaginal & oral infections before starting treatment with a systemic medication, Nystatin.
---c) Some get paranoid or nervous reactions, treated with Xanax or other anti-anxiety meds.

4) Lupus can physically cause chemical depression, as well as situational depression for loss of activity, profession, etc. so many of us take Anti-Depressants such as Wellbutrin, etc.

5) For those with fevers, hot flashes, night sweats, you might need a fever blister (oral herpes) treatment such as Valtrex.

6) Despite overwhelming exhaustion & fatigue, sleeping 18+ hrs a day and still no energy, a sleeping aid might be prescribed – OTC, or a cross-use med whose side effect is to increase the quality of sleep such as the mild anti-depressant Trazodone. This can decrease sleep and decrease exhaustion! I thought it was a miracle!

7) Pain treatments such as Vicodin & others, as needed.

8) Other meds for special situations, like kidney involvement, skin involvement, etc. I don't know much about these, hopefully others will fill in.

Anyone else?
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Post Edited (Lynnwood) : 2/9/2010 7:35:13 AM (GMT-7)

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