When Do People With Lupus Stop Taking Their Medication?

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I suffer from SLE / lupus. For several months I have not taken medication regularly, even more often than not. I changed my lifestyle, from starting to maintain regular food and exercise. Can it help me to cure lupus? Thank God, the pain I experienced has recurred very rarely, do I still have to take medicine? When can I stop taking medication completely? Because as far as I know, the lupus medicine I take has side effects if taken long term. Thank you for your answer,.

1 Answer:

Hello Rahmaniah, Thank you for the question.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) or lupus is a chronic inflammatory condition in the body caused by the immune system attacking the body's own tissues and organs (called utoimmune disease). The organs that can be attacked are the skin, joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, brain, blood cells and spinal cord. The cause of the immune system attacking itself is not certain. Treatment received by lupus sufferers aims to control symptoms. Because this condition is related to inflammation and the immune system, the treatment given aims to treat inflammation and control the immune system of the sufferer (immunosuppressant drugs). In general, the administration of this drug can be stopped if the symptoms are well controlled, but this treatment can not be done drastically, must be slow, and must be in accordance with doctor's recommendations. A study shows as many as 70% of sufferers do not experience recurrence of symptoms two years after stopping the drug gradually and 50% of sufferers still show no recurrence of symptoms after 3 years. However, you need to remember again that lupus symptoms can recur so you will need treatment again. Make sure you consult with your internal medicine specialist about this medication. Avoid stopping medication without doctor's recommendation to prevent the recurrence of worse symptoms.

Hope this information is helpful.

Dr. Aloisia

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