Your Choices Of Treatments For Lupus

The diverse nature of treatments for lupus reflects the variety of needs and symptoms among those diagnosed with the disease.

While treatment plans are catered to the signs of lupus in the individual patients, you and your doctor have a wide range of tools at your disposal. Hormone therapy, alternative medicine and a number of symptom specific drugs can be used in conjunction with a new lupus drug.

Basic Medications For Lupus

Your doctor will prescribe you drugs to treat your specific symptoms, such as medication for osteoporosis or high blood pressure. Some medications commonly prescribed to treat lupus are:

  • Antimalarials: Used to specifically treat lung inflammation, joint pain, skin rashes, mouth sores and fatigue, their continued use may also prevent flares.
  • Corticosteroids: A common arthritis medication that can help to treat joint pain and inflammation. The most common treatment method, corticosteroids can be given as a cream, pills or injection to treat swelling and inflammation.
  • Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS): Drugs such as Aspirin and ibuprofen are used to treat mild pain and swelling in muscles and joints.

Advanced Medications For Lupus

Your doctor may decide that your particular symptoms require a stronger medication or he may wish for you to try the newest lupus treatments.

  • Benlysta: Approved by the FDA as of March 2011, Benlysta is used in conjunction with other medicines and appears to reduce the frequency of severe flares.
  • Immunosuppressive drugs: Drugs suppress an over-active immune system but also make you more vulnerable to disease and infection, so use of these drugs is saved for when major organs are losing function, or other treatments are not working.
  • IV Corticosteroids: The body reacts to a higher dose more quickly, but dangers resulting from the concentrated high-efficiency drug mean doctors prefer to use the lowest dose possible. IV corticosteroids are used only when low dose creams, pills or injections don’t work.

Alternative Treatments For Lupus

Due to the dangerous side effects and high costs associated with many lupus medications, more patients are turning to alternative treatments.

  • Acupuncture
  • Ayurveda medicine
  • Biofeedback and meditation
  • Chinese herb treatments for heat and warm diseases
  • Chiropractic care
  • Dietary supplements such as Vitamin D and Fish Oil
  • Homeopathy
  • Massage therapy.

Because some of these treatments can react negatively with prescribed treatments, discuss your interest with your doctor before pursuing any alternative treatments.

If your doctor decides that you are in need of advanced treatment, do some early research on your own to understand how chemotherapy can be used to treat lupus symptoms.