Friday, 24 May 2013

Treatment for Lupus

An overview on Lupus
Lupus, also known as autoimmune disease, is one of the numerous disorders of the immune system. The Lupus disease, the immune system goes dysfunctional and affects other parts of the body it is supposed to safeguard.  This results in inflammation and causes damage to the entire body tissues. Further, it will have a resultant effect on different parts of the body, including skin, kidneys and the joints, lungs, heart and brain, blood vessels.
The treatment for Lupus is dependent on the signs and symptoms exhibited by the patient. The following medicines yield positive results in containing Lupus:
·      Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory Drugs:
      Over-the-counter drugs, such as Naproxen and Ibuprofen, may be an effective medicine that helps in reducing pain, swelling and high temperature associated with lupus. On the flip side of it, the patient has to be prepared to face side effects, such as blood loss in abdomen, kidney complications and an improved risk of heart problems.
·         Antimalarial drugs:
Medicines widely used to cure malaria, such as hydroxychloroquine, also can help combat this disease.  However, this drug has to be taken in blend with other medicines to give positive results. The possible side effects of the consumption of this medicine are – abdomen disappointed and, very hardly ever, harm to the retina of the eye.
·         Oral Corticosteroids:
In most cases, this medicine is the preferred choice of many people as it can negate the inflammation of lupus and its symptoms.  However, this medicine produces long-term side effects like excess weight, easy discoloration and thinning bones, hypertension, diabetes and increased chance of infection.
·         Immunosuppressive agents:
These drugs restrain the activity of the immune system and are used to may be helpful in serious cases of lupus.
For instance, these agents may be administered to stop the body for generating an immune response to the transplantation of an organ or to deal with a lupus disease that surfaces by an overactive immune system, such as rheumatoid arthritis.  It triggers side effects such as infection, liver damage and reduced fertility, cancer.