Lupus is an autoimmune disease. In an autoimmune disease, the body's immune system mistakes healthy tissues and organs as foreign and potentially dangerous invaders into the body and attacks them. This results in inflammation that eventually can damage and destroy the affected tissues and organs. These include bleeding gastrointestinal ulcers. Corticosteroids, such as prednisone, may also be used to reduce inflammation in lupus.
Extrapolation of Prevalence Rate of Lupus is 1,511,461 among the estimated population of 293,655,4051 in United States. Another study is testing a combination of two medicines. One is a standard drug and the other is a new drug. Scientists hope that the combination will be more effective and cause fewer side effects. However, long-term use of NSAIDs can cause serious, even life threatening, side effects and adverse events.
Medications commonly used to treat lupus include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil) and aspirin. NSAIDs are very effective in treating the pain and inflammation of mild lupus. There is no cure for lupus. However, it is a myth that lupus is commonly a fatal disease. With early recognition, regular medical care, and good patient compliance with a treatment plan, it is possible for most people with lupus to live a normal lifespan.
NIAMS researchers have found a gene linked to a higher risk of lupus kidney disease in African Americans. Changes in this gene keep the immune system from removing harmful germ-fighters from the body after they've done their job. Other genes may also play a role.Lupus is more common in women than in men. Researchers are looking into the role of hormones and other male-female differences. One NIAMS project is testing a new drug that scientists hope will have milder side effects than standard treatments.