Treatments in order of general use -
Plaquenil to slow disease progression, 2-3 months till it takes effect.
Prednisone (corticosteroid) for inflammation, or if it lasts longer, Imuran, Cellcept, or MTX as "steroid-sparing" treatments for inflammation and disease control.
If none of those make a dent, there are the heavy duty treatments Benylsta, and IVIG.
Reduce flares by avoiding stress! Getting plenty of deep restorative sleep, regular moderate exercise, and healthy eating also help.
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2000DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
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