Common Medications Can Cause Drug-Induced Lupus


MEDICATIONS ARE SUPPOSED TO MAKE US FEEL BETTER. BUT SOME WIDELY PRESCRIBED DRUGS INCLUDING SOME FOR TEENAGE ACNE CAN CAUSE A — DR. MARSHAL HAS THE STORY OF A WOMAN WHO BEGAN SUFFERING PAIN WHEN HER MEDICATION CAUSED LUPUS. Reporter: A BUSY MOM OF TWO YOUNG KIDS, SHE’S CONSTANTLY ON THE GO. PUSHING KIDS ON A SWING WOULD HAVE BEEN OUT OF THE QUESTION A FEW YEARS AGO. ALL OF A SUDDEN I WOKE UP ONE DAY AND FELT LIKE I COULDN’T MOVE. A NEWLY WED, FAIREN WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO STARTING A FAMILY. INSTEAD SHE WAS DEPENDING ON HER HUSBAND. BRINGING ME TO THE BATHROOM AND HELPING ME IN AND OUT OF BED. SHE WAS STUNNED BY HER DOCTOR’S DIAGNOSIS. I HAVE A FEELING YOU HAVE DRUG INDUCED LOOP BUS. LUPUS AFFECT $1.5 MILLION AMERICANS INCLUDING POP STAR SYLEENA GOMEZ. CLASSIC DRUG INDUCED LUPUS, THAT’S MILD AND DOESN’T INVOLVE THE KIDNEY. SYMPTOMS SUBSIDED AFTER SHE STOPPED TAKING MUMERA FOR HER ARTHRITIS. SHE FELT HER LEGS FEELING HEAVY. SHE CALLED HER DOCTOR. HE SAID HAVE YOU TAKEN SOMETHING NEW. I SAID ACNE — DR. ROBERT FRIDAY THE NEWTON HOSPITAL DIDN’T TREAT FARREN BUT SEEN THIS ISSUE IN HIS PRACTICE. HE SAYS THERE’S A NUMBER OF MEDICATION THAT’S HAVE BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH DRUG INDUCED LUPUS, STOPPING THE DRUG IS THE ONLY TREATMENT THAT’S NEEDED. BUT PEOPLE RECOVER AT DIFFERENT RATES. IT COULD BE A NUMBER OF WEEKS. IT COULD BE A FEW MONTHS. WHAT’S GOING TO BE IN THERE. FARREN SAYS HER EXPERIENCE TAUGHT HER A LESSON. IT WAS EYE OPENING AND IT HELP PUT MY LIFE IN PERSPECTIVE. THIS COMPLICATION IS RELATIVELY RARE. AS WITH ANY DRUG IF YOU NOTICE ANY SYMPTOMS TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR. THE