Below is a list of common medications used to treat or reduce the symptoms of Autoimmune Disease. Follow the links to read common uses, side effects, dosage details and read user reviews for the drugs listed below.
Immunosuppressive drugs or immunosuppressive agents or antirejection medications are drugs that inhibit or prevent activity of the immune system. They are used in immunosuppressive therapy to:
• Prevent the rejection of transplanted organs and tissues (e.g., bone marrow, heart, kidney, liver)
• Treat autoimmune diseases or diseases that are most likely of autoimmune origin (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, systemic lupus erythematosus, sarcoidosis, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, Crohn’s disease, Behcet’s Disease, pemphigus, and ulcerative colitis).
• Treat some other non-autoimmune inflammatory diseases (e.g., long term allergic asthma control).
A common side-effect of many immunosuppressive drugs is immunodeficiency (failure of the immune system to protect the body adequately from infection, due to the absence or insufficiency of some component process or substance) because the majority of them act non-selectively, resulting in increased susceptibility to infections and decreased cancer immunosurveillance. There are also other side-effects, such as hypertension, dyslipidemia, hyperglycemia, peptic ulcers, lipodystrophy, moon face, liver and kidney injury. The immunosuppressive drugs also interact with other medicines and affect their metabolism and action.
Immunosuppressive drugs can be classified into five groups:
• drugs acting on immunophilins
• other drugs.