No, Plaquenil is NOT a steroid. It was originally an anti-malarial which has been found to slow the progression of Lupus. It is the very first line of defense Drs use once Lupus has been diagnosed.
Generally a steroid, such as Prednisone, is the second line of defense against flares where the immune system is running wild and causing a lot of inflammation.
If the inflammation and other disease symptoms are not controlled quickly by Prednisone, the third line of attack is generally one of three meds, Cellcept, Imuran, or MTX. Some people need to try all 3 of these before finding which one works for them.
After that, there is Benylsta and something else whose name escapes me at the moment.
So lots of option are available! Hope you feel better soon!
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
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