Sjogren's Syndrome Treatment

Can this condition be treated? What Sjogren's Syndrome treatment options are available? Learn more below about the current treatments available to patients.

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How to Treat Sjogren's Syndrome


There is no cure for Sjogren's. No treatment can restore the ability of the glands to produce moisture. Patients with Sjogren's have an increased incidence of Adult Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. They should be screened aggressively. The goal of treatment is to relieve symptoms.

Treatments include:

Medication

To help relieve dryness:

  • Artificial tears, artificial saliva, and vaginal lubricants
  • Pilocarpine -ocular and oral dryness
  • Cevimeline -requires less frequent dosing than pilocarpine, may cause nausea

To relieve joint and muscle pain:

  • Aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)

To relieve inflammation / swelling:

  • Plaquenil -antimalarial drug with anti-inflammatory properties
  • Steroids
  • Methotrexate -a steroid-sparing agent

Lifestyle Measures

  • Mild exercise can help relieve stiffness in the joints.
  • To help relieve dry mouth, sip liquids often and suck on sugar-free candies.
  • Brush, floss, and see your dentist regularly. This can help to prevent cavities.
  • Use nonscented moisturizers to help relieve dry skin.

This condition is generally benign. However, people with severe cases are at increased risk for developing Adult Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. This is a cancer of the white blood cells. Your doctor will need to monitor you for this.



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