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Treatments for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Susceptibility to, 3

Treatment List for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Susceptibility to, 3

The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Susceptibility to, 3 includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

  • Treatment will vary depending on the range and severity of symptoms in individuals and their response to various therapies
  • Treatment options include:
  • Corticosteroids
  • Corticosteroid creams
  • Prednisone (Deltasone)
  • Hydrocortisone
  • Methylprednisolone (Medrol)
  • Dexamethasone (Decadron, Hexadrol)
  • NSAIDs
  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)
  • Naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve)
  • Sulindac (Clinoril)
  • Diclofenac (Voltaren)
  • Piroxicam (Feldene)
  • Ketoprofen (Orudis)
  • Diflunisal (Dolobid)
  • Nabumetone (Relafen)
  • Etodolac (Lodine)
  • Oxaprozin (Daypro)
  • Indomethacin (Indocin)
  • COX-2 inhibitors - newer NSAIDS that are not yet approved for Lupus but may be useful.
  • Celecoxib (Celebrex)
  • Rofecoxib (Vioxx)
  • Mobic (Meloxicam)
  • Antimalarials
  • Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil)
  • Methotrexate (Folex, Mexate, Rheumatrex)
  • Intravenous gamma globulin (Gammagard S/D)
  • Immunosuppressants
  • Azathioprine (Imuran)
  • Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan)
  • Lifestyle treatments
  • Rest
  • Exercise
  • Proper nutrition
  • Avoid sun exposure - because sunlight may trigger a flare.
  • Stress management
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Meditation
  • Special treatment of any pregnancy - to avoid certain complications of lupus related to pregnancy.
  • Usually, symptoms go away within several days to weeks after stopping the medication that caused the symptoms
  • Treatment may include:
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to treat arthritis and pleurisy
  • Corticosteroid creams to treat skin rashes
  • Antimalarial drugs (hydroxychloroquine) to treat skin and arthritis symptoms
  • Occasionally, the steroid prednisone is used to treat more severe cases, especially if the heart is involved
  • Very rarely, high doses of steroids and immune system suppressants, such as azathioprine or cyclophosphamide, are used to treat persons with severe drug-induced lupus that affects the heart, kidney, and neurological system
  • Protective clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen are recommended

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