Drugs prescribed for lupus include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents, such as aspirin or ibuprofen; acetaminophen; belimumab (Benlysta), a new monoclonal antibody; antimalarials such as hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil
) and chloroquine (Aralen); corticosteroids such as prednisone or methylprednisolone; immune suppressants such as azathioprine (Imuran, Asasan); methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall); mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept); cytotoxic drugs such as cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan) and anticoagulants such as heparin (Calciparine, Liquaemin) and warfarin (Coumadin).
is commonly prescribed by rheumatologists for inflammatory conditions such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
Several possibilities existed in the differential diagnosis of this case including steroid psychosis, Plaquenil
psychosis, adolescent adjustment reaction, neuropsychiatric lupus, and psychosis induced by illicit drug use.
Today she's doing great on first-line drug therapies of methotrexate and the antimalarial drug Plaquenil
. She also drinks a juice made from the Brazilian acai berry, a potent anti-inflammatory that has enabled her to stop taking prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatories.
Those returning from Afghanistan will receive malaria terminal chemoprophylaxis, typically Plaquenil
"If that doesn't occur, perhaps Plaquenil
[hydroxy-chloroquine] is the drug of choice."
The synthetic DMARDs include azathioprine (Imuran), cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral), gold compounds, hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil
), leflunomide (Arava), methotrexate, penicillamine, and sulfasalazine (Azulfidine).
Almost always decisions are based on randomized clinical trials." "Plaquenil
was developed and FDA-approved as a malarial drug.
Specific antimalarials used to treat lupus include hydrochloroquine (Plaquenil
), chloroquine (Aralen), and quinacrine (Atabrine).
Drug users were defined as those who regularly took tablets for gout or arthritis (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), chloroquine, plaquenil
, or oral steroids.
In January 1992, her physician prescribed Plaquenil
, a disease-modifying drug, to prevent the progression of her deformities.
My recommendations were injectable gold or Plaquenil
, because the two have shown to be similar in terms of efficacy in cases like hers.