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Medications

Antimalarial Drugs and Lupus

Living with Lupus

Hydroxychloroquine and NSAIDs: Protecting the Organs

Hydroxychloroquine and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are important medications for people with lupus...

Medications

Glucocorticoids and Lupus

Is it safe to stop taking or taper down glucocorticoids when 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...

Living with Lupus

Protect Yourself: Preventing Infection & Lupus

A suppressed immune system can leave you vulnerable to infection – but there are many ways to protect yourself. Lupus is an autoimmune disease, which means that the immune system - which is supposed to protect the body from disease - is turned against it instead....

Living with Lupus

Voclosporin: A New Lupus Medication?

Voclosporin is a new immunosuppressant drug used to combat the symptoms of lupus nephritis. Aurinia, the maker of the medication, announced the submission of a FDA New Drug Application. Voclosporin is a medication produced by Aurina Pharmaceuticals. It is similar to Cyclosporine, another calcineurin inhibitor that...

Medications

An Overview of Common Lupus Medications

Lupus Warriors use many types of medications to treat lupus and its symptoms. Each lupus medication in your treatment plan serves a purpose, and comes with its own risks and rewards. What exactly you will need depends on your symptoms and on your body. Different symptoms require different treatment...

Living with Lupus

NSAIDS, Pain Management, & Lupus

NSAIDs such as aspirin and ibuprofen can help reduce pain and inflammation in people with lupus. In fact, about 80% of Lupus Warriors include the medication as part of their treatment plan. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, or NSAIDs, work by blocking Cyclo-oxygenase enzymes, also known as COX enzymes. These enzymes...