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In addition, since cortisone can cause elevated cholesterol, your doctor may prescribe statins such as Lipitor, Crestor, Vytorin, or Caduet. Your doctor may also prescribe a diuretic to deal with bloating, fluid retention, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She/he may also recommend taking calcium or vitamin D supplements to reduce bone thinning.

Because of the risk of osteoporosis, your doctor may also prescribe a bisphosphonate such as Actonel, Fosamax, or Boniva. If you do acquire an infection, you may be prescribed an antibiotic or other medication, but be sure to stay away from Bactrim, since this medication can cause flares in some people with lupus. However, as their name suggests, immunosuppressive work to suppress the immune system, so when taking these drugs, it is important to watch out for infection and notify your doctor at any sign of illness.

Notify your doctor of any major changes in your vision. Finally, since medications can increase your risk of cataracts and aggravate glaucoma, try to get an eye exam twice a year. The infections that most worry doctors are kidney infection, a type of skin infection called cellulitis, urinary tract infections, and pneumonia.

More serious infections can lead to serious—even fatal—illness.