I have Lupus, sarcoidosis, rheumatoid arthritis, eye and skin sensitivity, I've also been treated for breast cancer so I'm on tamoxifen, hydroxychloroquine, prednisolone, mycophenalate and I now have to stop all these dead apart from the tamoxifen to take the anti virals because I have shingles. I'm scared of how quickly I'm likely to crash, pain, tiredness even though I have been feeling really ill for the past week before diagnosis. Has anyone been through this any advice greatly appreciated. How quick after antivirals should I start back on my meds?
Just been diagnosed with shingles: I have Lupus... - LUPUS UK
I do sympathize with you since I was just diagnosed about 5 days ago! I have been on anti-virals since I was diagnosed. I initially thought that I would have to go off my Plaquenil and prednisone but my Rheumatologist told me that I should stay on both while I am taking the anti-virals. The best thing to do is talk to your doctor to see what is right for you! Also, get lots of rest and take care of you.
What a lot you have to cope with. Unlike Hydroxichloraquine, Mycophenolate is a powerful immunosuppressant so this is probably why you have to stop it until your shingles passes. When I had to come off Hydroxy finally I really flared up quickly but with the others, including Mycophenolate, I didn’t notice much difference to my symptoms. I really hope things improve for you soon.