Sjogren's Syndrome Treatment
- What It Is
- Risk Factors
- Living With
- User Questions
- Alternative Treatment
- Care Guide
- Questions for Your Doctor
- When to Contact a Doctor
- Find a Doctor
- Resource Guide
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.
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
- Methotrexate -a steroid-sparing agent
- 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.