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…
Lupus Fatigue & the Seasons: FSS Data
There have been over 942 responses to the Fatigue Severity Scale. Let's analyze the scores to look for seasonal lupus fatigue. In previous posts, we have looked at why we use the FSS to measure lupus fatigue and some initial results…
Benlysta as an Add-On Treatment: German Cohort
New research examines belimumab, better known by the brand name, Benlysta, as an add-on therapy for people with lupus. Researchers in Germany conducted an observational study of Benlysta use in the real world as an add-on treatment for lupus (SLE). After using…
Hair Loss (Alopecia) – A Symptom of Lupus?
Hair loss, or alopecia, is a symptom of lupus that impacts roughly 50% of people with the disease. Lupus causes inflammation and when it impacts the body's largest organ, the skin, it can result in hair loss. It is most common to…
Allergies in Spring and Lupus Symptoms
Spring is here! But it brings more than warm weather. Flowers. Pollen. Insects. It's time to battle lupus AND allergies. An allergy is a reaction by your immune system to a stimulus that does not bother other people. An allergen…
Bone Broth For Lupus – Where is the Evidence?
There a lot of articles on the benefits of bone broth for lupus, but where is the evidence? Lupus is a disease that modern science is still trying to figure out. In fact, it can seem like there are more…
Turmeric and Lupus: Poll Results on Home Remedies
1,102 people shared their experiences using turmeric as a home remedy to combat lupus. The spice has been used for over 2,500 years as a home remedy helping people battle everything from liver, blood, and gastric disorders to inflammation. In…
Azathioprine (Imuran) as a Lupus Treatment
What Is Imuran? Azathioprine, sold under the brand name Imuran, is an immunosuppressant. Immunosuppressants are a class of medications that decrease the activity of the body’s immune system. Azathioprine is used with other medications to prevent transplant rejection in people who received…
Lupus Flares: Is There Such a Thing as Normal?
It's normal to fear the unexpected - and what's more unexpected than lupus flares? You follow the standard advice on how to avoid lupus flares by trying to limit stress, getting plenty of rest, and being cautious of UV light.…