Sjögren’s Syndrome | Treatment

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How is Sjögren’s syndrome treated?

Treatment includes over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription eye drops to help with dry eyes and saliva substitutes to help with dry mouth. You can also chew sugarless gum and drink plenty of fluids throughout the day to help with dry mouth. If necessary, your doctor can prescribe medicines that will help your body make more tears and saliva.

If you have joint pain associated with Sjögren’s syndrome, your doctor may recommend taking an over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (also called an NSAID) such as ibuprofen (two brand names: Advil, Motrin). This medicine can help relieve the pain and swelling in your joints.

Depending on your symptoms and whether you have organ damage from Sjögren’s syndrome, your doctor may prescribe other medicines and treatments.

Is there a cure?

Currently, there is not a cure for Sjögren’s syndrome. However, in most cases, treatment can help relieve your symptoms and prevent complications.

Source

Diagnosis and Management of Sjögren’s Syndrome by Paul Kruszka, LCDR, USPHS, and Robert J. O'Brian, LCDR, MC, USN (American Family Physician March 15, 2009, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20090315/465.html)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/11
Created: 09/10

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