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Living with Lupus

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Fertility, and Lupus

Day-to-Day Living

Patient Self-Efficacy and Lupus

Medical compliance, or the proper use of prescribed therapies and medications, is important to...

Medications

Anticoagulants and Lupus

Anticoagulants are an important tool for maintaining heart, lung, and brain health for people...

Medications

Remission and Lupus

Although lupus is not a curable disease, it can be treated to the point where people no longer experience symptoms. This is called remission. Remission is a term used to describe the reduction, into nothing, of the symptoms of an autoimmune or chronic disease for three...

Medications

Antimalarial Drugs and Lupus

Antimalarial drugs are medications that were originally used to treat malaria. But, research shows they are also highly effective at combatting lupus. Antimalarials are used to treat malaria, a parasitic infection caused by the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. The parasite eats red blood cells, causing...

Living with Lupus

Hydroxychloroquine and NSAIDs: Protecting the Organs

Hydroxychloroquine and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are important medications for people with lupus that can protect against organ damage in SLE. There are many lupus medications, including the ever-important corticosteroids. However, two in particular stand out as low-cost, well-tolerated treatments that help to limit organ damage:

Medications

Glucocorticoids and Lupus

Is it safe to stop taking or taper down glucocorticoids when lupus symptoms abate? Glucocorticoid medications are extremely powerful drugs for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and other autoimmune diseases. One of the most common, Prednisone, is considered a gold standard for lupus...

Living with Lupus

Monoclonal Antibodies, the Immune System, and Lupus

Monoclonal antibodies are lab-made molecules. They help the immune system to target and attack foreign invaders. And, when it comes to managing lupus, they offer hope for new treatments. The immune system works by sending specialized cells after targets that the body has marked with “flags”...

Exercises

Painkillers, Pain Management, and Lupus

Pain is an unfortunate part of lupus, and one of its most debilitating symptoms. Painkillers are a broad category of medications that can help reduce pain. Let's take a closer look. What Are Pain Medications? Pain medications are medicines that relieve aches and pains. Each...

Exercises

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction & Chronic Pain

Many Lupus Warriors are familiar with chronic pain -- the kind that lasts for months or even years. Mindfulness-based stress reduction may offer relief, according to a recent meta-analysis. Sharp pangs. Dull aches. Tingling. Pain comes in many sensations, but all are unpleasant and can interfere with daily...

Day-to-Day Living

Steroid Tapering, Health Benefits, & Lupus

The best daily steroid dose for lupus can change. Strategic dosing is an important part of managing lupus. A new study shows that successful steroid tapering of prednisone has increased since 2000. During a lupus flare, you want to feel better. But, the strategies that work to get...

Living with Lupus

Immunosuppressive Drugs: Strategies for Staying Healthy

Immunosuppressive drugs reduce the activity of the immune system. They are vital for controlling severe cases of lupus that do not respond to other medications. But, they also leave the body susceptible to infection. The immune system is a little bit like gate security at a...