Treatments of lupus are a huge matter of controversy, mostly because the conventional medicine has made very little progress with the disease for decades now. By the end of this article the reader will know all the basic facts about options one have when diagnosed with lupus and towards the end of the article we’ll talk about a new found hope in the shape of a holistic protocol for lupus treatment that stirred the waters by helping 1000s worldwide. So, stay tuned.
Treatments of lupus – conventional methods on case to case basis
- If you feel pain in your joints, or if they swell, your doctor will try to control it with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), for example naproxen sodium or ibuprofen.
- If you wish to avoid developing skin rashes, you’ll be advised to wear sunblock and stay out of the sun. However, if you have lupus, sometimes even indoor lighting can cause rashes. In these cases, the best treatment is topical corticosteroids.
- If you feel fatigued, the conventional treatment will concentrate on the cause of your fatigue, be it difficulty sleeping, out-of-control pain or depression.
Treatments of lupus – Mild lupus
There are three types of drugs that may be used:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs – These include aspirin, or NSAIDs mentioned before. These are the most common form of treatment for symptoms of lupus, and lupus itself, but you should take caution and consult your doctor before using them, since they can cause serious side effects for some people, like stomach bleeding, kidney failure or heart problems.
- Antimalarial drugs – These drugs are very useful when fighting lupus and it’s symptoms, even though no known link exists between malaria and lupus. However, possible side effects are problems with vision and muscle weakness.
- Corticosteroids – Even though corticosteroids can counter the inflammation, there are severe possible side effects. These include weight gain, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, diabetes and increased risk of infection, and they are long-term side effects. To reduce the risk of these side-effects, the lowest dose should be used, and for a short period of time.
Treatments of lupus – Aggressive Lupus
- High-dose corticosteroids – These can be administered intravenously (through a vein in your arm) or orally. They are very strong, and even though they may control dangerous symptoms quickly, they may also cause high blood pressure, osteoporosis or infections. That is why only the lowest needed dose should be taken.
- Immunosuppressive drugs – Like the corticosteroids described above, immunosuppressive drugs, which suppress the immune system, may be helpful, but also have serious possible side-effects. These treatments include cyclophosphamide and azathioprine.