ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Medicine, medicine and more medicine

Updated on April 23, 2012


Finally diagnosed in 1991, my first course of medicine was Prednisone and Naprosyn. Prednisone is a corticosteroid used for many chronic ailments. It aids in reducing inflammation and also weakening the immune system; immunosuppressant. Why would anyone want to weaken their immune system? Because in the cause of an autoimmune disease the body itself is attacking its own healthy tissue. Naprosyn aids mostly in reversing the inflammation in the joints.

From then until now I've been treated with Plaquenil, Imuran (which I'm on now), Cytoxin, Cellcept and Rituxan.


NSAIDS (Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs):Help to reduce inflammation and pain in muscles, joints, and other tissues. Examples of these are: aspirin, ibuprofen or naprosyn.

Corticosteroids: are stronger than the NSAIDs in reducing inflammation and restoring function when the disease is active. Corticosteroids are particularly helpful when internal organs are affected. This type of medication can be prescribed by mouth or given intravenously. Unfortunately, corticosteroids have serious side effects when given in high doses over long periods of time. Side effects of this type of drug includes weight gain, thinning of the bones and skin and diabetes.

Plaquenil: is an antimalarial medication found to be most effective for SLE patients with fatigue, skin involvement, and joint disease. Consistently taking Plaquenil can prevent flare-ups of lupus. Side effects of Plaquenil are said to be uncommon but they can include diarrhea, upset stomach and or eye pigment changes.

Cytotoxic Drugs: Medications suppress immunity (immunosuppressive medications). Immunosuppressive medications are used for treating patients with more severe manifestations of SLE, such as damage to internal organs. Examples of this type of drug are Imuran, and Cytoxan.

There are but a few more medications including some that target B-Cells, which are said to be responsible for the immune response like Rituxan. But as I said before YOU must be proactive in your own treatment. Everybody is different and so you must work with you doctors to figure out which regiment will work for you. Unfortunately, when I was diagnosed Lupus was still so new that we were always reacting to the flares instead of being proactive with the disease. As a result I was treated with high doses of Prednisone often and by the age of 21 I had a total hip replacement.

Don't worry, people can't notice and are quite surprised when I tell them that I have had a hip replacement and truthfully medicine and treatment for Lupus has significantly expanded.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)