“There are ways to control the symptoms of lupus. These include corticosteroid creams for rashes and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for joint pain and fever. Antimalarial medications can help fight joint pain, ulcers, and rashes. Corticosteroids may also be given as pills. In severe cases, they can be given intravenously. People with severe lupus may benefit from drugs that suppress the immune system.”
Medications may cause the following issues for lupus patients
Digestive problems and lupus
Even though digestive problems are not common in lupus patients, there are still patients who suffer from stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, difficulty swallowing, or inflammation of the liver or pancreas. The reasons may be related to lupus or they may be a side effect from the medications. Some patients may lose weight.
Lupus and anemia
Unfortunately, medications used to treat lupus can cause anemia in some patients. Anemia is caused by the body not being able to produce enough red blood cells, or the red blood cells are being destroyed faster than they can replace themselves. The symptoms of anemia include shortness of breath and fatigue.
Lupus and pregnancy
Generally speaking women with lupus cannot get pregnant but if you are planning on trying, make sure you try during the period when you are not having any flare-ups. If you are in remission you will be less likely suffer from complications from lupus during your pregnancy. Most importantly let your doctor know that you want to have a baby and listen to his or her advice. The doctor may modify your medications or monitor your pregnancy very closely.
Woman with lupus more often than not have healthy babies. However in rare cases the baby may be born with lupus. This condition is called neonatal lupus. This condition can cause a skin rash, anemia, or liver problems. Fortunately the symptoms go away after a few months and do not cause any permanent damage. Having said that, it is important to note that babies can contract heart problems from lupus.