Medicines can't cure
lupus, but they
can control many symptoms and often can prevent or slow organ damage.
Medicine treatment for lupus
often involves reaching a balance between preventing organ damage, having an acceptable quality of life, and
minimizing side effects. You will need to see your doctor often to see how you're doing and check for medicine side effects.
Lupus improves at times, and worsens at others. Symptoms of lupus may include:
Severe joint pain and muscle aches
Skin rash on the face or body
Extreme sun sensitivity
Mental confusion and seizures
Chest pain on taking a deep breath
Nose, mouth, or throat sores
Enlarged lymph nodes
Poor circulation in fingers and toes
Bald patches and hair loss
lupus medicines, like acetaminophen and prednisone, are considered safe
during pregnancy. Others may not be. You may not be able to stop taking lupus
medicines after becoming pregnant. Or you may need to start taking medicines
for a symptom flare. If possible, talk to your doctor
before becoming pregnant so you can learn about the effect lupus may
have on your pregnancy.
Because corticosteroids are powerful medicines and can
cause serious side effects, your doctor will recommend the lowest dose that will
give the most benefit.
Some people with lupus are sensitive to antibiotic medicines
called sulfonamides (sulfa medicines). These include Bactrim, Septra, and many
others. Your doctor can prescribe medicines that don't contain sulfa, if
People with lupus can go
remission. If this happens to you,
your doctor may cut back your medicine over time or stop your medicine.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 10, 2012
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