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We understand the unique needs and concerns of patients living with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and support them through treatment and education. Symptoms of SLE can include inflammation of the joints, pain and fatigue. Patients often experience flares of these symptoms followed by periods of remission. However, the disease will likely be chronic. Thankfully, like other autoimmune disorders, symptoms can be managed with the proper treatments and patients often live relatively normal lives. We’re here to help make that possible. By ensuring on-time delivery of medication, offering 24/7 access to clinical support and coordinating with all members of the health care team, we give SLE patients all the resources they need to stay successfully adherent.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

One of the first steps after a systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) diagnosis is understanding the condition. The information on this site and linked sites is not meant to replace your physician’s advice, medical care or a diagnosis. If you have questions about your disease, please ask your prescriber.

Overview

Systemic lupus erythematosus, also known simply as lupus, affects as many as 2 million people in the United States. African Americans—particularly women—are more vulnerable, but anyone can be diagnosed regardless of sex, age or race.

Lupus is an autoimmune disorder that causes the body to attack its own tissues. This results in swelling, inflammation and damage to joints and organs. Lupus is typically a disease of flare-ups and remission, so patients can have no symptoms one day and debilitating symptoms the next. This can make it difficult for patients to plan or even to leave the house.

Frequent symptoms include extreme fatigue, hair loss, sensitivity to sunlight, chest pain when taking a deep breath, skin rash, uneasiness or malaise, mouth sores, and fever.

In addition to treatment, having the support and understanding of friends and family is crucial to a patient’s success.

Sources

Lupus Foundation of America
Medical News Today
PubMed Health

The information contained herein may not be construed as medical advice. It is for educational purposes only. Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. takes no responsibility for the accuracy or validity of the information contained herein, nor the claims or statements of any manufacturer.

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