View Full Version : Vitamins/Supplements?

05-23-2009, 07:57 PM
Hello all. :cute:

Having been recently diagnosed with SLE after YEARS of problems and symptoms, I'm jumping into maintaining myself like crazy. I've quit smoking, don't drink anymore (which I rarely did to start with), am working on lowering my stress...all that good stuff.

My Aunt also has SLE, and she claims that vitamins and supplements (in addition to her meds) do more for her than just the meds alone. She is taking:

Fish Oil

I went out and bought all of the above and started taking them (along with a daily multivitamin) as soon as I was diagnosed. I've actually noticed some improvement in the last few weeks...don't know if it's wishful thinking, power of the mind, or some of the other lifestyle changes I've made. Either way, it's a good feeling.

Does anyone else use supplements to help control their Lupus? What are your stories? My rheumatologist said that he was all for anything I could find to help me along (I'm just on Clinoril at the moment...am trying to hold off on the big drugs as long as I can)...and he's all for this route of treatment. I'd love some input from y'all!!


05-24-2009, 06:36 AM
here is a list of all that i am taking, so much going on i am not sure what works for sure but in my mind i feel it's the correct course for me and i provide this list updated to my rheumy every visit. hope this helps.

Cymbalta 60mg one tablet in morning
Hydrochlorot 25mg one tablet in morning
Aspirin 81mg one tablet one time daily
Amlodipine 10mg one tablet in morning
Quinacrine 50mg one capsule daily
Hydroxychlor 200mg one tablet once daily
Prednisone 20mg one tablet twice daily
Amoxicillin 500mg four capsules one hour prior to dental work


B-complex 1 tab one time daily
E 400iu one time daily
Folic Acid 800mcg one time daily
Multivitamin 1 tab one time daily
Vitamin C 500mg one caplet 2 times daily
Glucosamine 500 mg one caplet two times daily
Chondroitin 400 mg combined in caplet with Glucosamine
Celery seed 1 tsp twice daily when gouty
Calcium-Magnesium and Zinc 1000mg - 400mg-15mg two times daily
Fish Oil 1000mg with 300mg Omega-3 fatty acids 2-3 times daily
Cod Liver Oil one tsp. every morning

06-02-2009, 08:24 AM
Hi Carrie....

I supplement with..

Each day...
Fish Oil 2400mg
Super B-Complex
Iron 65mg
Deplin..prescription type of Folic Acid...

Enjoy this day..I am.

tiggerlishus - Heidi
06-02-2009, 09:31 AM
what a great thread

i already take as well as meds
vitiam c + zinc for immuine system
ginko for short term memory
calcium + d for bones ( prescribed by doc cause taking prednisolone)

but i am also going to look in to other you guys mentioned thanks xx

06-02-2009, 12:03 PM
hi carrie,

my rheumy encourages adding viatmins to the daily list of meds.

I take:

folic acid - for hair (and something else, but can't remember right now)
vitamin B injection (1 mm each week)
calcium with vit. d
omega 3 - prescription strength - not fish oil

i take these along with plaquenil, methotrexate, and various heart meds. for heart issues unrelated to lupus.

06-02-2009, 05:33 PM
I also take vitamins every day..
1 daily multivitamin,
2 concentrated fruit & vegetable tablets
2 complex for hair skin & nails tablets
2 vitamin c & echinacea tablets...

I might look into the omega 3 soon...

06-05-2009, 04:38 PM
I take similar vitamins as of recent and also eat pineapple everyday..it is an anti inflammatory naturally. I too, either had relief by coincidence ,or it actually helped?? I have tremendous drug sensitivities so I am sooo limited..I am in the early diagnosis stage so I am not on heavy duty meds..nor plan to be. I will do steroids if I need to. I have had them before for allergic reactions and such.

06-05-2009, 06:35 PM
In addition to the plaquenil, I am on
2 fish oil horse pills and
1 calcium/vitamin D horse pill
I guess they help, they certainly aren't hurting anything.
I try not to over do vitamins because there is such thing as too much of a good thing.

06-05-2009, 08:44 PM
I can tell you ALL that being on the supplements that I've been on have made a MAJOR MAJOR difference!! I haven't felt this good in years!!