This is a little off topic but might help, I'm looking to get on cellcept for the IC problems I'm having. I take HCTZ, a simple thiazide diuretic for my swelling and it helps alot. I'm just wondering why the docs don't give it more to lupus patients since they know the pred is going to cause swelling. I don't have typical high blood pressure, just swollen ankles but my doc is really into preventing fluid retention and heart and lung problems. I know you can take it with steroids, because I get big shots (often twice the normal lupus dose because of my endo problems). I also don't get the swelling and bloating. Sometimes I think male docs overlook the problems women have with fluid retention and the long term problems they can cause -- congestive heart and lund disease, high blood pressure, etc. I don't know if this helps, but maybe they overlooked this piece of the puzzle.
--Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less in human beings of whom they know nothing.--Voltaire (1694-1778)
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy
Meds--Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, Estradiol patch, Prosed, Klonopin, Soma, Ultram, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol,steroid injections, Protopic & Triamcinolone Acetonide ointments