What drugs are for what sypmtoms?
For Joint Pain (polyarthritis):
NSAIDS - nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
ANTIMALARIALS - (eg. Plaquenil). one percent (1%) of patients using this develop retinal problems (retinopathy). Otherwise, this is a very safe drug.
GLUCOCORTICOIDS - (eg. triamcinolone, Aristospn, methylprednisolone or Solumedorl)usually an injection for severe joint pain.
IMMUNOSUPPRESIVE - Corisones (ex. methotrexate, azathioprine[imuran], rheumatrex.
FOR DISCOIDAL LUPUS:
Antimalarials - (see above)
Dapsone - for patients who cannot tolerate antimalrials.
Corticosteroids - used for severe discoid lupus with vasculitis and scalp lesions
IMMUNOSUPPRESIVES - (see above)
THALIDOMIDE - one of the most effective drugs. However, the contraindications (side effects) are very risky, so it is not used very much