Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the body harms its own healthy cells and tissues, such as the joints, skins, and heart. Common symptoms include painful joints, headaches, and extreme fatigue.
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While there is no cure for lupus, it can be successfully treated with medication and lifestyle changes. People with lupus experience periods of illness (flares) and periods of wellness (remission). An important part of successful treatment is understanding how to avoid flares - and treating them appropriately when they do occur.
We’ll work closely with you to create a treatment plan tailored to your specific condition. Usually, treatment consists of medication and lifestyle changes.
Medications for lupus include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, to reduce inflammation and swelling
- Antimalarial drugs, such as hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, to treat mouth sores, skin rashes, and joint pain
- Corticosteroids, such as prednisone and hydrocortisone, to weaken your immune response
- Immunosuppressants, such as Imuran or CellCept, to suppress your immune system
Changes to your daily regimen may help control symptoms and prevent flares. Your doctor may recommend that you:
- Get plenty of sleep
- Exercise regularly
- Get flu and pneumonia vaccinations to guard against infections
- Stop smoking
- Eat a healthy diet
Depending on your symptoms and condition, treatment for lupus may involve interdisciplinary care from several departments, including:
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We have an active clinical science research program, and we frequently seek volunteers to participate in clinical trials. These studies help our scientists improve diagnostic techniques, develop better treatments, and collaborate with other researchers.
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