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Home Remedies & OTC Treatments for Lupus

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Do Lupus Warriors turn to home remedies or over-the-counter solutions to help manage the fatigue, pain, and other symptoms of lupus?

Despite the fact that only 1 lupus medication has been approved in the last 60 years, there are many reasons to be optimistic. Anifrolumab, made by AstraZeneca, just met the clinical endpoint in a phase III clinical trial. And, lupus nephritis medication Gazyva (obinutuzumab), made by Roche, received the Breakthrough Therapy Designation from the FDA.

Still, as these and other treatments make their way to market, many Lupus Warriors use alternative treatments like aromatherapy and massage to manage symptoms.

In this month’s LupusCorner Q&A Forum, Lupus Warriors share their personal strategies & home remedies.

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Ease lupus issues without RX

I have found successful home remedies or over-the-counter products that help with lupus

2/5 (disagree)

What home remedies or OTC products do you like best? What benefit do they provide?
  • Epsom salts bath
    • Pain relief
  • Vitamin B-12 oral drops
    • Energy
  • Sephora skin care products (cleanser, hydrated, and moisturizer)
    • Diminishes butterfly rash
  • New Balance athletic shoes with inserts
    • Ease foot discomfort
  • TENS machine or massage
    • Relax to relieve tension issues and associated pain
  • CBD balm
    • Relieves joint pain
  • Biotene gel
    • Soothes mouth sores and dry mouth
  • Yoga
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Sandra O.

I have found successful home remedies or over-the-counter products that help with lupus

4/5 (agree)

What home remedies or OTC products do you like best?
  • Benadryl Anti-Itch ointments
  • CERAVE Lotion (Anti-Itch)
  • Ben-Gay Tiger Balm
  • Icy Hot with Lidocaine
  • Chamomile Mint Tea with OTC Melatonin.
What benefit do they provide?

I get some pain relief from the pain cream rubs, itch relief from the Anti-Itch ointments and Lotions. The tea and melatonin help me get some sleep.

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Without a prescription

I have found successful home remedies or over-the-counter products that help with lupus

1/5 (strongly disagree)

What home remedies or OTC products do you like best?

Hand warmers (ordered through Amazon) help with the discomfort of Reynaud’s in cool weather. Licorice tea can be comforting in cool or rainy weather, when the joints are bothersome. In hot weather, Pedialyte popsicles help replace electrolytes lost through sweating, as well as keeping me hydrated (a particular problem with Sjogrens).

What benefit do the provide?

Nothing I’ve found changes the basic facts of lupus. But, hand warmers lessen the discomfort of cold hands, herb tea can be comforting, and its pleasant to eat popsicles.

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Janell

I have found successful home remedies or over-the-counter products that help with lupus

2/5 (disagree)

What home remedies or OTC products do you like best?

Nothing, sometimes a hot shower, helps feel better.

What benefit do the provide?

Just to help feel a little better, takes the strain off, and stress reliever.

Unwind

I have found successful home remedies or over-the-counter products that help with lupus

2/5 (disagree)

What home remedies or OTC products do you like best?

Vicks rub, CBD Lotion applied everywhere within reason, covered arms and legs and tucked into bed.

What benefit do the provide?

Relaxation, and a calming feeling to help unwind a bit when symptoms get overwhelming. A good movie helps too.

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Lisa B.

What home remedies or OTC products do you like best? What benefit do the provide?
  • Biotene mouth spray for dry mouth
  • NeilMed nose spray for dry nose
  • Hylo eye drops for dry eyes

All help with Sjogrens symptoms.

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Gail S.

I have found successful home remedies or over-the-counter products that help with lupus

3/5 (neutral)

What home remedies or OTC products do you like best?

Penetrex helps my swollen finger joints.

What benefit do the provide?

It takes some of the swelling down and cuts some of the pain.

Elizabeth A.

I have found successful home remedies or over-the-counter products that help with lupus

1/5 (strongly disagree)

What home remedies or OTC products do you like best?

I don’t use home remedies or OTC products for my lupus

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Lisa

I have found successful home remedies or over-the-counter products that help with lupus

4/5 (agree)

What home remedies or OTC products do you like best? What benefit do they provide?

I take vitamin supplements to help lower my inflammatory responses. They are Vitamins D-3, E, Omega 3’s, Curcumin, Tumeric.

Cathy

I have found successful home remedies or over-the-counter products that help with lupus

2/5 (disagree)

What home remedies or OTC products do you like best? What benefit do they provide?

I use a ton of probiotics to help heal my gut – poor gut health is believed to be a key contributor to lupus.

Lisa J.

I have found successful home remedies or over-the-counter products that help with lupus

2/5 (disagree)

What home remedies or OTC products do you like best?

Heating pad & stretching bands

What benefit do they provide?

Relax my muscles & tendons

aliS

I have found successful home remedies or over-the-counter products that help with lupus

2/5 (disagree)

What home remedies or OTC products do you like best? What benefit do they provide?

Bio freeze, ice, hottub, roller ball, epsom salt baths, weed, bible study/meditation

Suz

I have found successful home remedies or over-the-counter products that help with lupus

5/5 (strongly agree)

What home remedies or OTC products do you like best?

CBD

What benefit do they provide?
  • Pain relief
  • Sleep
  • Emotional well-being

Joanna Sparks

I have found successful home remedies or over-the-counter products that help with lupus

1/5 (strongly disagree)

What home remedies or OTC products do you like best? What benefit do they provide?

Nothing works over-the-counter for me

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Krys E.

I have found successful home remedies or over-the-counter products that help with lupus

3/5 (neutral)

What home remedies or OTC products do you like best? What benefit do they provide?

Electrolytes help reduce POTs symptoms (dizziness/presyncope) moderately.

igor

I have found successful home remedies or over-the-counter products that help with lupus

1/5 (strongly disagree)

What home remedies or OTC products do you like best?

None

When medicine is not enough

I have found successful home remedies or over-the-counter products that help with lupus

1/5 (strongly disagree)

What home remedies or OTC products do you like best?

Essential oils

What benefit do they provide?

Relax and give courage

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Rosella F.

I have found successful home remedies or over-the-counter products that help with lupus

5/5 (strongly agree)

What home remedies or OTC products do you like best?
  • CBD Oil
  • Turmeric
  • Ginger
  • Fish oil

Mellon

What home remedies or OTC products do you like best? What benefit do they provide?

Essential Oils like Peppermint (for pain) Lavender (relaxation), Immune Support, Eucalyptus, etc. I use a lot of these in conjunction with Epsom salt baths.

I also found a spa with a sauna.The dry heat sessions are not the cure but do help temporarily.
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Thanks to everyone who shared their experiences with lupus!

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Comments (2)

2 thoughts on “Home Remedies & OTC Treatments for Lupus

  1. Hi, I have Lupus and Fibro., I use LIFEWAVE patches X39! Also, changed diet to exclude meats, lots or veggies and fruit! Getter stronger! I also juice, one green drink I make–anything green, I use kale, cucumbers, ginger, celery, green pears, green grapes, green applies and of course pineapple! That helped the bowel problems and again I am feeling better

  2. I try a lot of OTC stuff to help ease my Lupus, I’ve heard a lot about Turneric but was told Its bad g f ir people with Lupus, but dont know why if its supposed to be good for Joints, when I’m in the hospital they always try to give me Melatonin but I’ve been told U cant take Melatonin because we Lupus we already have an over active immune system, & Melatonin reves up your immune system. If thats true why are they pushing Melatonin on you in the hospital. My guess is hospital Doctors know very little about Lupus

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