There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for lupus, so it's important to periodically assess your treatment plan to see if your goals are being met. To make the most of your medical visit, bring this checklist of questions. Don't be shy about asking the doctor to explain anything that's not clear. It's helpful to take notes or record the conversation so you can remember any advice or important information.

  1. What do my lab results show?
  2. Do I need any other tests?
  3. What's the purpose of these tests and how do I prepare?
  4. What treatment do you recommend and why?
  5. How likely is this treatment to help me and how will I know if it's working?
  6. What are my other treatment options?
  7. What are the common risks and side effects of this medication? How do they compare to the other treatments?
  8. Which lupus symptoms or drug side effects are serious, and what should I do if I have them?
  9. How do I reach you in an emergency?
  10. What should I do if I miss a dose of my medication?
  11. Are there foods, herbs, medications, or activities to avoid while on this drug?
  12. When should I expect to feel better? If I don't, what are the next steps?
  13. Will my plan pay for this medication? How much does it cost?
  14. When should I return for a follow-up appointment?

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