Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Common Drugs Used In Treating Lupus

Symptoms of lupus don't occur in the same measure to all people who are diagnosed with this affection. In addition to this, some people may endure severe forms of lupus and other patients can have symptoms that are very debilitating. Treatments which are prescribed to treat lupus vary from a person to person and usually include NSAIDs, DMARDs and cytotoxic drug medications. Moreover people who suffer from lupus need to follow a special food diet, do many exercises should avoid sun light, smoking and drinking and also should receive counseling and support from friends and familly.

Even though, lupus has no cure, people can easily deal with symptoms and have an almost normal life by following an appropriate treatment and also by avoiding things that may harm they. It is important to say that people who notice symptoms which may suggest the presence of lupus should see a specialist and follow the advice and a proper treatment.

Firstly, some of the most common medication used to treat lupus are Non-steroidal Anti-Inflamatory Drugs such as Tolectin, Clinoril, Motrin, aspirin and others. Much more a very well know drug which can be found in lupus treatments is Tylenol, a well tolerated drug which diminish the pain cause by this affection.

Secondly, other medications which have the role in reducing inflammation and the disease pregression is Corticosteroids which include an efficient drug named as Prednisone. Even though, these drugs help in alleviating the symptoms caused by lupus, they have a bad side too. By taking them in high doses, Corticosteroids may lead to complications, such as diabetes, ulcers, weight gain, osteoporosis and others.

Another category of drugs which are used to treat lupus are the DMARDs, drugs which help in diminishing painful joints and lung inflammation and even tiredness. Another property of DMARD s is the interraction with the immune system and the protection given to the patient against the sun.

Furthermore, other drugs used in lupus treatment especially when the disease is spreaded in many organs are Cytotoxics. As other medications, these drugs help the body by reducing inflammation but on the other hand they have severe side effects as cancer, anemia, low white blood cells count. Moreover, Chloroquine or Hydroxychloroquine are usually used in lupus treatments for skin and joint affections caused by lupus causing in many cases rashes and eye problems.

By Groshan Fabiola

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1 Comment:

chronic chick said...

Hi there,

I read a couple of your posts about lupus. They were informative posts, but I respectfully disagree with you on this-

"Even though, lupus has no cure, people can easily deal with symptoms and have an almost normal life by following an appropriate treatment and also by avoiding things that may harm they."

Lupus yes has no cure but million of people have lost their lives to lupus and some people can not find a treatment that keeps the lupus under control.

Myself, I have to take over 6 medications a day and some of the side effects are horrible.
I am no longer able to function as I once did. My life with lupus has changed dramatically. I am sharing my own experiences as a lupus survivor.

You do have a lot of great information on lupus and other health conditions. Keep on blogging. I hope you don't take this personal, but I felt compelled to say this.

Chronic Chick Talk

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