What type of chemo are you starting? While there are a great deal of chemotherapy drugs on the market today that can be used to treat such conditions as lupus, some have been known to work best: azathioprine, cyclophosphamide, lefunomide, methotrexate and mycophenolate. Some of the brand names of these are Arava, Cytoxan, Rheumatrex, Imuran and CellCept. Are you starting any of the drugs listed above?
I just wanted you to know that the chemo doses for lupus are much lower than for cancer. Still, the side effects of chemotherapy are similar, but notnearly as severe or debilitating as chemotherapy for cancer. When chemotherapy is administered, it depletes the number of red blood cells that are formed, which can make you anemic and you may also have a low white blood cell count, which can make you more susceptible to illnesses. You may also experience such symptoms as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and an upset stomach. It is important to remember that many of these symptoms go away after time.
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