Early diagnosis and high-quality professional care are extremely important for Sjögren’s patients.
Currently, there is no cure for Sjögren’s. However, treatments may improve various symptoms and prevent complications.
In addition to over the counter (OTC) eye drops and mouth preparations, prescription products for dry eyes and dry mouth are available. They include Evoxac® (cevimeline), Salagen® (pilocarpine hydrochloride) and NeutraSal® for dry mouth and Restasis® (cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion) and Lacrisert® (hydroxypropyl cellulose ophthalmic insert) for dry eye.
Some patients are prescribed immunosuppressive medications to treat their internal organ manifestations. Physicians may also prescribe other medications for systemic manifestations or severe flares. Since Sjögren’s affects each patient differently, a personalized plan should be developed by you and your physician, dentist and eye care specialist about how to treat your various symptoms.
In addition, many symptoms and problems of Sjögren’s can be treated with over-the-counter medications. These medications can help to alleviate different types of dryness and pain, but you should check with your physician when adding these medications to your regimen. He/she may have suggestions for what products you should use and may also give you some tips on how and when to use them.
For a listing of these and additional treatment options available, a Product Directory is available to Foundation members. SSF members are mailed a hard copy of this booklet in their New Member Packet and can always view products in the Member Community section of our website.