Exercises

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction & Chronic Pain

Living with Lupus

Low-Dose Naltrexone, Receptors, & Lupus

Naltrexone is best known for helping treat drug and alcohol addiction. But,...

Medications

Atrial Fibrillation, Hydroxychloroquine, and Lupus

Hydroxychloroquine, also known as Plaquenil or HCQ, reduces the risk of atrial...

Day-to-Day Living

Flu Shots, Influenza, & Lupus

Life with lupus means living with a weakened immune system. This is an added challenge during flu season, but a flu shot may help. Influenza, or simply  the flu, is a seasonal disease that involves congestion, breathing difficulties, fever, aching joints, and...

Day-to-Day Living

Steroid Tapering, Health Benefits, & Lupus

Changes in steroid dosing can be difficult to keep up with, but important for total health. Successful steroid tapering of prednisone has increased for Lupus Warriors since 2000, according to a study. During a lupus flare, you want to feel better. But, the strategies that work...

Day-to-Day Living

Gastrointestinal Tract, Digestion, and Lupus

From nausea and flatulence to diarrhea and abdominal pains, gastrointestinal issues are often under-discussed, but they can be a tell-tale sign of health for people with lupus. The gastrointestinal (GI) tract is in charge of processing food to extract nutrients and dispose of waste. The

Medications

Type I Interferon & the Lupus TULIP Study

Living with lupus can mean feeling like your own body is working against you. Recent research into new treatments is exploring the effectiveness of type I interferons, a specific type of cytokine, for lupus relief. On August 31, 2018, AstraZeneca and MedImmune shared via

Living with Lupus

Topical Treatments for Cutaneous Lupus

Skin rashes and round lesions can be symptoms of cutaneous lupus. Topical treatments, including preventative creams, are often the first care strategy. Cutaneous lupus erythematosus is a form of lupus that is limited to the skin. But, cutaneous lupus also contains its own subtypes, which vary in severity, symptoms, and treatments. The...

Living with Lupus

Self-Injectable Benlysta for Lupus Approved

Using Benlysta to battle lupus? You could soon be taking it at home instead of at the infusion center. New research and technology are making it easier than ever to take medications that cannot be delivered in pill form. GSK recently announced that the FDA has approved...

Living with Lupus

Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine) for Lupus

What is Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine)? Plaquenil is most known for its original purpose: treating and preventing malaria. Malaria is a disease caused by parasites that can enter the body through a mosquito bite. The essential ingredient, known as quinine, is derived from the bark of the cinchona plant. Quinine, same as...

Living with Lupus

Benlysta (Belimumab) for Lupus (SLE)

What is Benlysta (belimumab)? Benlysta is the first prescription medication designed specifically to treat adults with active Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). It was approved for the treatment of Lupus by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on March 9, 2011. Benlysta is the first drug approved...

Living with Lupus

Methotrexate (Rheumatrex) for Lupus

Methotrexate (MTX) is a chemotherapy drug and immune system suppressant designed to treat cancer. Methotrexate is a medication that interferes with the growth of rapidly reproducing cells in the body. This includes cancer cells, bone marrow cells, and skin cells. An early variation of the drug, aminopterin was initially developed in 1947 by...