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Lupus treatment, diagnosis & prescriptions

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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.

Patients love using Maple

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Saves a lot of time compared to sitting in a doctor's office!

- Play Store review

Legitimate and just as described, with fabulous doctors. Totally fills the late-night worry gap!

- App Store review

Not having to endure a long wait at a walk in clinic is fabulous. Especially since I have twin pre-schoolers to contend with.

- App Store review

The service is so quick and professional and saves hours spent in a walk-in-clinic. This is a game changer for busy moms and I recommend it to everyone!

- Facebook review

Instead of my husband having to drag both kids to the hospital or walk in alone he was able to see a doctor right away and get a prescription faxed to our local pharmacy.

- Facebook review

Our family has used this service twice so far and it has been amazing. Both doctors were friendly, compassionate and you never feel rushed.

- Facebook review

Was concerned I wouldn’t be able to see a doctor without an appointment. I installed the Maple app, spoke to a doctor and had my prescription in under 30 min.

- Facebook review

I used Maple for the first time today. It was quick and easy, took less than ten minutes including connecting time and the doctor was professional and friendly. 

- Facebook review

LOVE This service. Not only do you have a doctor within seconds but they are professional and knowledgable.

- Facebook review

Absolutely blown away. It was SO easy to use. No wait time getting connected with a doctor. Getting the prescription faxed to the pharmacy made it a seamless process.

- Facebook review

Conditions Maple doctors can treat

Mental health

Our doctors are available to provide advice and treatment for common mental health conditions.

Some examples include:

Women's/men's health

Doctors can advise on family planning and treat conditions like urinary tract infections and erectile dysfunction.

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