Medications

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 Introduction; The 20-second Overview 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 . Introduction: The 20-second Overview Lately, there have been a growing number of research studies, which highlight the possible role of certain fatty acids in slowing that…

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Plaquenil

Plaquenil: What You Need to Know

Contents: What is Plaquenil? Other than Plaquenil, what are the other antimalarial drugs? Why are antimalarial drugs used to treat lupus? How do antimalarial drugs work to control lupus symptoms? What should I keep in mind when taking antimalarial drugs?  How to use Plaquenil What are the possible side effects of antimalarial drugs? Can I…

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CellCept® and Lupus

WHAT IS IT? CellCept® or mycophenolate mofetil, is a medication that was first prescribed to treat people who have had an organ transplant.  Over the last 15 years, it has been increasingly used more to treat immune disorders, like systemic lupus erythematosus, lupus nephritis, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma and other lupus overlap diseases.    This blog…

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AZATHIOPRINE and Lupus

What it is: Azathioprine or the brand name Imuran, is a drug that was originally developed to prevent organ rejection in people who had received a donor transplant.  Currently, in addition to its anti-rejection properties, it is also being used more and more to treat autoimmune diseases like systemic lupus, dermatomyositis, vasculitis, rheumatoid arthritis and…

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DHEA and Lupus

WHAT IS IT? Dehydroepiandrosterone, commonly called DHEA, is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands.  DHEA leads to the production of androgen and estrogen, which are sex hormones that play an important role in the reproductive systems of both men and women.   Interestingly, studies have shown that people who have SLE, have lower levels of…

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What-is-Lupus

Prednisone: Pain Relief vs. Weight Gain?

Contents: What is prednisone and why is it prescribed? What is the benefit? Weight gain and other side effects of this medication… what are the risks? 10 Things you should know/do before taking prednisone How should it be used? In conclusion: The benefits and the risks weighed   What is prednisone and why is it prescribed? What…

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Rituxan and Lupus

Is It Lupus Chemo? INTRODUCTION Before diving into this blog topic, I thought I knew the exact waters I was entering.  I mean, pretty clear in my mind, Rituxan is “lupus chemo” right?  Many of you (like me), may be shocked to find out that although Rituxan is used to treat cancer, it is not classified…

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Alternative Lupus Treatments and Therapies

Contents: Complementary Medicine Complementary and Alternative Supplements and Treatments for Lupus Alternative Lupus Therapies/Treatments Complementary/Alternative Lupus Treatment: Precautions   Complementary Medicine In our blog, Lupus Treatment Options: Lupus Medications, we covered many of the most common pharmaceutical treatments for lupus.  We also recently posted a blog on the first FDA approved lupus drug in 50…

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Lupus and the Eyes

Up to one-third of individuals with lupus will develop some form of eye complications. Learning about the signs, symptoms and treatment options can help maintain the health of your delicate eyes. Introduction A Brief Anatomy of the Eye What eye diseases may affect an individual with lupus? What causes eye disease in individuals with lupus?…

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