What Medications Have You Tried To Manage Lupus

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There are many medications that are prescribed, or are available over the counter, to help manage lupus symptoms.

What medications have you tried — and which have been effective for you? Answer below in the comments

Benlysta

What is BENLYSTA?

BENLYSTA is a prescription medication used to treat adults with active systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus) who are receiving other lupus medicines.

It is not known if BENLYSTA is safe and effective in people with severe active lupus nephritis or severe active central nervous system lupus, and it has not been studied in combination with other biologics or intravenous cyclophosphamide. Use of BENLYSTA is not recommended in these situations.

Do not receive BENLYSTA if you are allergic to belimumab or to any of the ingredients in BENLYSTA.

Celebrex  : (celecoxib) Capsules

DESCRIPTION

CELEBREX (celecoxib) capsule is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, available as capsules containing 50 mg, 100 mg, 200 mg and 400 mg celecoxib for oral administration. The chemical name is 4-[5-(4-methylphenyl)-3-(trifluoromethyl)-1H-pyrazol-1-yl] benzenesulfonamide and is a diaryl-substituted pyrazole. The molecular weight is 381.38. Its molecular formula is C17H14F3N3O2S, and it has the following chemical structure:

CELEBREX® (celecoxib) Structural Formula Illustration

Celecoxib is a white to off-white powder with a pKa of 11.1 (sulfonamide moiety). Celecoxib is hydrophobic (log P is 3.5) and is practically insoluble in aqueous media at physiological pH range.

The inactive ingredients in CELEBREX include: croscarmellose sodium, edible inks, gelatin, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, povidone and sodium lauryl sulfate.

Cellcept

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take CellCept?

  • If you have an allergy to mycophenolate or any other part of CellCept (mycophenolate mofetil injection solution).
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have Lesch-Nyhan or Kelley-Seegmiller syndrome or a rare inherited deficiency of hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyl-transferase (HGPRT).
  • If you are taking any of these drugs: Azathioprinecholestyraminecolesevelamcolestipolnorfloxacin with metronidazole, or sevelamer.
  • If you are taking another drug that has the same drug in it.
  • If you are able to get pregnant and are not using 2 kinds of birth control.
  • If you are allergic to polysorbate 80.
  • If you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with CellCept (mycophenolate mofetil injection solution).

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take CellCept (mycophenolate mofetil injection solution) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

Imuran

How to use Imuran Solution, Reconstituted (Recon Soln)

This medication is given by injection into a vein by a health care professional. It is given as directed by your doctor, usually once or twice a day.

The dosage is based on your medical condition, weight, and response to treatment.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time(s) each day.

For the treatment of arthritis, it may take up to 2 months before your symptoms get better. Tell your doctor if your condition does not get better after 3 months of treatment.

Methotrexate

HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using methotrexate and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.This medication is given by injection as directed by your doctor. The dosage, method of injection, and how often you receive this medication are based on your medical condition and response to treatment. For the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis, this medication is given by injection as directed by your doctor, usually once a week.For some conditions (such as rheumatoid arthritis), you may be taught to give yourself injections at home. In this case, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional. If you have any questions, ask your health care professional.Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid.Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.

Plaquenil

Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) is considered a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD). It can decrease the pain and swelling of arthritis. It may prevent joint damage and reduce the risk of long-term disability. Hydroxychloroquine is in a class of medications that was first used to prevent and treat malaria. Today, it is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, some symptoms of lupus, childhood arthritis (or juvenile idiopathic arthritis) and other autoimmune diseases. It is not clear why hydroxychloroquine is effective at treating autoimmune diseases. It is believed that hydroxychloroquine interferes with the communication of cells in the immune system.

Prednisone 

Corticosteroid drugs — including cortisone, hydrocortisone and prednisone — are useful in treating many conditions, such as rashes, lupus and asthma. But these drugs also carry a risk of serious side effects. Working with your doctor, you can take steps to reduce these side effects so that the benefits of corticosteroid treatment outweigh the risks.

Rituxan

What is Rituxan?

Rituxan is used to treat non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Rituxan is also used in combination with another drug called methotrexate to treat symptoms of adult rheumatoid arthritis.

Rituxan is also used in combination with steroid medicines to treat certain rare disorders that cause inflammation of blood vessels and other tissues in the body.

Important information

Rituxan may cause a serious brain infection that can lead to disability or death. Call your doctor right away if you have changes in your mental state, decreased vision, weakness, or problems with speech or walking. These symptoms may start gradually and get worse quickly.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had hepatitis B. Rituxan can cause this condition to come back or get worse.

Severe skin problems can also occur during treatment with Rituxan. Call your doctor if you have painful skin or mouth sores, or a severe skin rash with blistering, peeling, or pus.

Some side effects may occur during the injection or within 24 hours afterward. Tell your caregiver right away if you feel dizzy, weak, light-headed, short of breath, or if you have chest pain, wheezing, sudden cough, or pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest.

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