Autoimmune disorders

Sjogren's syndrome

About Sjogren's syndrome

Sjogren's syndrome is a disease that causes dryness in your mouth and eyes. It can also lead to dryness in other places that need moisture, such as your nose, throat and skin. Most people who get Sjogren's syndrome are older than 40. Nine of 10 are women. Sjogren's syndrome is sometimes linked to rheumatic problems such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Sjogren's syndrome is an autoimmune disease. If you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system, which is supposed to fight disease, mistakenly attacks parts of your own body. In Sjogren's syndrome, your immune system attacks the glands that make tears and saliva. It may also affect your joints, lungs, kidneys, blood vessels, digestive organs and nerves. The main symptoms are:

  • Dry eyes
  • Dry mouth

Treatment focuses on relieving symptoms.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Top Medications for Sjogren's syndrome according to our users

Button Group. All currently active
  • All men

  • Brand (generic)% of users who said medication was worth it
  • Prednisone
    57%
  • All women

  • Brand (generic)% of users who said medication was worth it
  • Prednisone
    62%

All Medications for Sjogren's syndrome

  • Anti-inflammatory, Immunosuppressant > Corticosteroid

    • Prednisone
      Prescription only

      Deltasone (Prednisone) is a common oral corticosteroid that's great for controlling the unwanted symptoms from your immune responses and will make you feel better. There are lots of side effects but most of are tolerable or can be managed.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Liquid
  • Immunosuppressant > Immunomodulator

    • Rituxan
      (Rituximab)
      Prescription only

      Rituxan (Rituximab) is effective for treating multiple types of cancer and arthritis. That said, you'll need to watch for possibly serious side effects, especially infusion reactions.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Infusion (IV)
  • Antirheumatic > Biological response modifier

    • Rituxan
      (Rituximab)
      Prescription only

      Rituxan (Rituximab) is effective for treating multiple types of cancer and arthritis. That said, you'll need to watch for possibly serious side effects, especially infusion reactions.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Infusion (IV)
  • Anticancer > Biological response modifier

    • Rituxan
      (Rituximab)
      Prescription only

      Rituxan (Rituximab) is effective for treating multiple types of cancer and arthritis. That said, you'll need to watch for possibly serious side effects, especially infusion reactions.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Infusion (IV)

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Sjogren's syndrome

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • Let all know of this if you are having surgery, Keeping all tubes inserted in throat lubricated.
What’s your best coping strategy?
  • Rest when needed.
Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • A wonderful MD that understands