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Treatment Can Do The Following:
1. Reduce Symptoms.
2. Control the immune process.
3. Help the body to fight back against disease.
4. Preserve organ function.
5. Interact with other medications.
6. Induce or cause an involuntary response.
7. Relieve pain, swelling, inflammation,
8. Suppress unwanted side effects.
Medicines are often used to control or suppress the immune system. They are often called immuno-suppressive medicines. Some of these include corticosteroids like (prednisone), and nonsteroid drugs like (azathioprine), or (tacrolimus cyclophosphamide), and (mycophenolate). There are other techniques such as chemotherapy to suppress inflammation which is given in very low doses. Much lower than those administered to cancer patients. And drugs given to patients who undergo organ transplants. This is done to protect against rejection. Another set of drugs called (anti-TNF) help to block inflammation in different forms of autoimmune arthritis, and psoriasis.
When a disease threatens organs, treatment may be needed to help prevent damage. These may include drugs to control inflamed kidneys of people with Lupus. Other drugs like insulin given by injections can regulate blood sugar in people who are diabetic. Such treatments will not stop or halt the disease process, but they can save organ function. You will have disease-related complications, but you can still function daily.
NSAIDS (Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs) DMARDS (Disease Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs) ImSAID's (Immune Selective Anti - Inflammatory Derivatives)
Managing inflammation is critical in autoimmune diseases. Non-immunological therapies, such as hormone replacement in Hashimoto's thyroiditis or Type 1 diabetes mellitus treat outcomes of the auto aggressive response, thus these are palliative treatments. Dietary manipulation limits the severity of celiac disease. Steroidal or NSAID treatment limits inflammatory symptoms of many diseases. IVIG is used for CIDP and GBS. Specific immuno modulatory therapies, such as the TNFα antagonists (e.g. etanercept), the B cell depleting agent rituximab, the anti-IL-6 receptor tocilizumab and the costimulation blocker abatacept have been shown to be useful in treating RA. Some of these immuno therapies may be associated with increased risk of adverse effects, such as susceptibility to infection.
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