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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Treatment Options for Oral Lichen Planus

The underlying mechanism causing LP is thought to be a T-cell mediated immune response against foreign or autogenous antigens.

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2 comments:

Mark said...

Hi Ms Munroz,

My wife has been battling the affects of LP for some 20 odd years and more recently OLP. She has started Cellcept just a few weeks ago and I was wondering how long it took for it to start to reduce the severe pain she has been experiencing? The pain is so bad that she is basically on a forced liquid diet. She is currently taking 3000 mg of Cellcept.

Thanks in advance for any info or approximate time frames you can share!!

Mark

Elizabeth Munroz said...

Hi Mark,

That is the same dosage I was taking. It took a few months for things calm down. I had gone so long with it in horrible condition. As the lesions healed, the pain lessened. I was essentially on a liquid diet, too. I couldn't chew, it was so painful. I couldn't open my mouth very wide. It was impossible to brush teeth or gargle the pain was so bad. If there is concern for getting the right nutritional intake, there is this stuff called "Ensure". It's like having a smoothie or milkshake but doesn't have to be cold. I use "viscous lidocaine" to put in my mouth and just hold it in there until things numb down a bit. I also take tylenol and advil to help with the pain. And when it was so bad I just wanted to cut my tongue out, I actually had to take a strong prescription pain killer. I don't expect my OLP to go away forever. I still have the mild form of the white lacy striations that come and go. Occasionally, I get an erosion and I start putting the Clobetasol and limiting what kind of food I eat, and it goes away. I am aware that if I eat much dry crunchy foods, it irritates things.

Hope this helps



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