Be Familiar With Nuances for Managing Lupus
Many patients with lupus will end up taking multiple meds...to control inflammation, minimize organ damage, and manage symptoms.
This autoimmune disease can impact almost anywhere in the body...causing a butterfly rash on the face, joint pain, clotting disorders, etc.
Expect most patients to be treated with hydroxychloroquine. It manages skin and joint symptoms and may reduce clots and kidney damage. Advise max doses of 5 mg/kg per day...to limit med-induced retinopathy.