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Can I talk to a doctor on Maple about my lupus?

Yes. In most cases, a doctor on Maple can help you manage a previously diagnosed case of lupus. Once you describe your symptoms and history, they’ll be able to provide advice, write necessary prescriptions, and recommend an appropriate course of treatment. If the doctor suspects you have a more serious problem, they may suggest for you to go to a clinic for a thorough physical examination. 

Can I get a prescription on Maple?

Yes, our physicians can prescribe medications online during your consultation. Once you accept a prescription, you’ll have the option to pick it up from any pharmacy or to have it delivered right to your door at no additional cost.

You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.

What is lupus?

Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease. It causes your immune system to attack your own tissue and organs, causing inflammation that can affect many different systems in your body, including your joints, skin, blood cells, kidneys, heart, brain, and lungs.

What are the symptoms of shingles?

Lupus is tricky to diagnose because it can mimic so many other ailments. Common symptoms include:

  • A distinctive facial rash that looks like a butterfly (a “malar rash”)
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Joint pain, stiffness, and swelling
  • Skin lesions
  • Raynaud’s phenomenon (fingers and toes that turn white when exposed to cold)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Dry eyes
  • Headache, confusion, and memory loss

In some cases, the symptoms may come on suddenly and improve after a time, and in other cases they might be persistent.

How can I treat lupus?

Lupus treatment depends on which symptoms you are experiencing. Common medications used to treat lupus include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as naproxen or ibuprofen 
  • Antimalarial drugs
  • Corticosteroids (such as prednisone)
  • Immunosuppressants 
  • BLyS-specific inhibitors, such as belimumab
What is Maple?

With Maple, you can start talking to a doctor about your symptoms in a matter of minutes. We’re a healthcare app for fast, convenient 24/7 access to Canadian doctors.

You simply log in, tap a button to request a consultation, and we’ll immediately connect you to a doctor via live chat or video. You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.

Our doctors can assess symptoms, and provide treatment, including prescriptions as necessary.

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