Changes in steroid dosing can be difficult to keep up with, but important for total health. Successful steroid tapering of prednisone has increased for Lupus Warriors since 2000, according to a study.
During a lupus flare, you want to feel better. But, the strategies that work to get symptoms under control are often very different than what is necessary for the day-to-day management of lupus.
A lupus treatment plan is often made up of doctor-prescribed medications like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), antimalarials, immunosuppressants, and steroids. Of these, steroids can be particularly challenging to manage because they offer long-term risks, like organ damage, despite providing short-term relief from symptoms. We will explore steroids, the risks and challenges associated with the medications, and tips for tapering.