How Is Sjögren's Syndrome Treated?
Treatment can vary from person to person, depending on what parts of the body are affected. But in all cases, the doctor will help relieve your symptoms, especially dryness. For example, you can use artificial tears to help with dry eyes and saliva stimulants and mouth lubricants for dry mouth. Treatment for both mouth and eye dryness is described in more detail below.
If you have extraglandular involvement (that is, a problem that extends beyond the moisture-producing glands of your eyes and mouth), your doctor -- or the appropriate specialist -- will also treat those problems. Treatment may include the following:
- nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen for joint or muscle pain
- corticosteroid medications, such as prednisone, to suppress inflammation that threatens the lungs, kidneys, blood vessels, or nervous system
- immune-modifying drugs such as hydroxychloroquine, methotrexate, and cyclophosphamide to control the overactivity of the immune system that, in severe cases, can lead to organ damage.
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases