Medications

Monoclonal Antibodies and Lupus

For some with lupus, monoclonal antibodies are life-changing medications that reduce the need for corticosteroids and immunosuppressants – and their side effects.  How do monoclonal antibodies work and are they an option for you?  Read on to find out! Introduction What are antibodies and what is so special about monoclonal antibodies? How do monoclonal antibodies…

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Lupus and NSAIDs

If you have lupus, you are likely already using NSAIDs – nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.  They are the most widely used pharmaceuticals for treating the most common symptoms of lupus – pain and inflammation.  Yet, what do we really know about them, and what should we know?  Read on to find out! Introduction What are NSAIDs…

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Lupus Nephritis

Lupus nephritis (LN) is a leading cause of death in SLE and can affect from 40% to 50% of those with lupus. Yet, newly approved drug therapies promise to change the future LN.  Read on to learn more about this dangerous condition and how it can be treated. Introduction: What is lupus nephritis? Who is…

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A Brief Overview of Lupus and the COVID-19 Vaccine

If you have lupus, you must be wondering, is it safe to get a COVID-19 vaccination?  The short answer is yes, but there are some facts you need to know as you consult with your healthcare provider on taking the vaccine.  Read on to find out more! Introduction I have SLE; is the COVID-19 vaccine…

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COVID-19, Plaquenil and Lupus

We at Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus are monitoring the ever-changing news concerning the use of the antimalarial drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) for treating the COVID-19 virus during the current global pandemic. Plaquenil, is one of the most commonly prescribed medications for lupus.  It is primarily used in the prevention and treatment of malaria, but as…

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Lupus and Opioids

In light of the current opioid crisis, it is important to be aware of the benefits and risks associated with this class of prescription painkillers for those living with lupus. Introduction What are opioids? Dealing with an Opioid Addiction Alternatives to Opioids In Conclusion Introduction Right from the beginning, it is important to note that…

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Lupus and the Flu Shot: What You Need to Know

It is the beginning of the 2021-22 flu season, and a time of COVID-19 – here are some important things to think about concerning the flu and flu vaccinations and lupus. If you have lupus, you should strongly consider speaking to your doctor about getting a seasonal flu vaccine.  In this blog, we will answer many…

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Lupus and Cannabis: A New Conversation

At Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus, we rigorously stay up-to-date on the latest lupus treatments and therapy strategies.  In this article, we explore the uses of cannabis and its derivatives.  The following is a brief overview that may begin to answer some questions that you may have. Introduction How can cannabis and its derivatives effectively treat lupus…

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Vitamin D Deficiency and Lupus

If you have lupus, it is likely that you have been advised to take vitamin D as a supplement to your other therapies. Since those with lupus often must avoid direct sunlight, the primary way that vitamin D is produced naturally, it is a common deficiency that can lead to poor bone health – among…

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Fatty Acids: Omega-3s in the Treatment of Lupus

Contents What exactly are omega-3’s? What are the health benefits of omega-3’s? Sources of Omega-3 Krill Oil in the Treatment of Lupus In conclusion Lately, there have been a growing number of research studies, which highlight the possible role of certain fatty acids in slowing that kind of overactive immune responses that are seen in…

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