Atrial Fibrillation, Hydroxychloroquine, and Lupus
Hydroxychloroquine, also known as Plaquenil or HCQ, reduces the risk of atrial fibrillation for people with lupus by 67% according to a recent study. HCQ is a commonly-prescribed oral drug for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Originally an anti-malarial drug, HCQ…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…