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Date Joined Jul 2010
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   Posted 7/7/2010 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been diagnosed with drug induced Lupus and have had symtoms for about 1 year, everything the dermatolist has done had not been much help, that last thing he did was prescribe Plaquenil becuase they couldn't find what RX was causing my Lupus, any help would be great, any exposed skin and my scalp are effected, if this is drug induced, why can't I get it fixed?

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Date Joined May 2010
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   Posted 7/7/2010 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum? Tell me what medications you are currently on. I had a low positive test for drug induced lupus. But my rhuemy told me that it was was a 1 so it was not strong enough to cause what was going on with me. Usually once you stop the medication the symptoms will go away of it's truly drug induced. But you have to find out about what med it is. What other symptoms are you having?
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Meds: Imuran 100mg, Prednisone 60mg, drisdol 50,000 units weekly, b12 injections monthly, Protonix, Zantac, Tramadol 4 times daily prn, Align, Kapidex, Amitza, Miralax, Vaseretic/HCTZ Aspirin.

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   Posted 7/7/2010 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   

If you truly have drug induced lupus the symptoms should clear up in a short time (from what I have read it can take a few days or several months) after identifying and stopping the offending drug.

Read Article here

However, some drugs can act as a trigger, not a cause of lupus, in which case you will have full flegded lupus that must be treated. Most of us will never be able to determine what triggered lupus let alone the underlying cause. Keep in mind that if you do have lupus it is not curable and the best you can hope for is remission which can be temporary or permanent.

Suggest you find a rheumatologist who is experienced with lupus. Dermatologists usually do not act as the primary physician to treat lupus.


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   Posted 7/9/2010 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Potsy!! Wanted to welcome you to the forum. It is a wonderful place full of careing and wonderful people :) Bill gave you some great information and hope it helps!!

Are you seeing a rhuematologist?
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