There are five types of medications that are generally used to help lupus patients:
- Immunosuppressant Drugs
- Anti-Malarial Drugs
DHEA is a drug type that helps with mild to moderate symptoms. The following symptoms can be relieved with DHEA drugs.
- Problems with memory.
- Difficulty in multitasking.
- Joint Pain.
These types of medications that are used to suppress the immune system.
These medications were first used for people who had organ transplants to stop the body from rejecting the new organ.
However, These days the medications are used to fight many auto immune diseases.
As you can probably deduce from the name, these medications were most commonly used to Malaria.
This is what doctors use for long term lupus.
Plaquenil is an anti-malarial that is commonly used to treat lupus.
This is a heaven sent for lupus patients.
A large part of lupus is inflammation in the tissues and joints.
This causes you to become red and swollen. This will make you feel very stiff and give you discomfort.
Nsaids can be used by themselves or in combination with other medications.
These aren’t as powerful as other drugs but can be used to treat mild flare ups.
You can also get these types of medications of the counter like Asprin and Ibprofen. You can also get nsaids with prescriptions like Celebrex.
These medications are great for reducing swelling and inflammation associated with lupus.
These medications typically work fast.
Steroids can have some pretty awesome side effects.
These medicines are generally given with combination of other medications. They aren’t strong enough to treat lupus by themselves.
Tumeric- This is great for a number of reasons, and some people actually cook with Tumeric.
This is great for inflammation and I had MRSA and It saved my life but I digress.
You can get it as a powder or as a pill. It is believed that the ingredient curcumin that helps with inflammation.
Ginger- Ginger has great inflammation properties as well. This one helps a lot with swelling and joint pain.
Fish Oil- Fish Oil had Omega 3 vitamins, the vitamins found in fish have been shown to have anti- inflammatory properties.
Exercise- This is a double edged sword for lupus patients. Yes it is good for lupus, however a lot of exercises cause inflammtion, especially for people already battling inflammation.
You can do low impact exercises like these for example:
- Water Aerobics
- Tai Chi
Probiotics- These are the bacteria that are in your stomach, that help with the immune system. Examples of probiotics:
- Acidophilus milk.
- Yogurt with live cultures.
All of these have considerable amounts of probiotics and you can also take probiotic supplements.
Vitamin D- Studies have shown that low levels of vitamin D have been associated with auto immune diseases. Here are some examples of foods high in vitamin d :
- Egg yolks.
You can get vitamins sun tanning but this is strongly discouraged.
Most people with lupus can’t be in the sun very long and long exposure for anyone can give you skin cancer.
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