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Lupus; Questions to Ask.

Review the following ‘Questions To Ask’ about lupus so

you’re prepared to discuss this important health issue with your

health care professional.

Do my symptoms suggest a possible diagnosis of lupus?

How much experience do you have diagnosing and treating lupus

patients?

What tests should I undergo to determine whether lupus has caused

any damage to my kidneys or other vital organs?

What lifestyle and dietary changes can I make to promote my health?

What are the side effects or potential interactions of the drugs

you are prescribing?

Can you recommend an appropriate exercise regimen?

What should I do if I decide to have a baby?

Can you refer me to a local support group for lupus patients?

References

The Lupus Foundation of America The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) is the nation’s leading non-profit voluntary health organization dedicated to finding the causes of and cure for lupus. The LFA was founded in 1977, and currently operates a nationwide network of almost 300 chapters, branches and support groups. . 2008. http://www.lupus.org.

Accessed June 2008.

“Lupus Causes.” The Mayo Clinic. October 2007.

http://www.mayoclinic.com. Accessed February 2008.

“Medicines.” The Lupus Foundation of America. 2008.

http://www.lupus.org. Accessed February 2008.

“COX-2 Selective and Non-Selective Non-Steroidal

Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs).” U.S. Food and Drug

Administration Center for Drug Evaluation and Research The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research is a division of the FDA that deals with the approval of drugs. CDER reviews New Drug Applications to ensure that the drugs are safe and effective. It is one of five Centers at the United States Food and Drug Administration. .

http://www.fda.gov. Updated April 15, 2005. Accessed June 3, 2005.

“FDA Issues Public Health Advisory on Vioxx as its

Manufacturer Voluntarily Withdraws Its Product.” U.S. Food and Drug

Administration. http://www.fda.gov. Accessed October 1, 2004.

Lupus Foundation of America. http://www.lupus.org. Accessed June 8,

2004.

http://www.lupus.org. Accessed June 8, 2004.

http://clinicalstudies.info.nih.gov. Accessed June 8, 2004.

“Lupus: A Patient Care Guide for Nurses and Other Health Care

Professionals.” erythematosus.” National Institute of

Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. May 2001.

http://www.niams.nih.gov. Accessed June 8, 2004.

“Handout on Health: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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