“Primary” Sjögren’s syndrome occurs in people with no other rheumatic disease, and “Secondary” Sjögren’s occurs in almost half of sufferers who have another rheumatologic disease, most often systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis.
Currently, there is no cure for Sjögren’s. However, treatments may improve various symptoms and prevent complications. Over the counter (OTC) eye drops and mouth preparations, prescription products for dry eyes and dry mouth may help symptoms. Some patients are prescribed immunosuppressive medications. Since Sjögren’s affects each patient differently, a personalized treatment plan should be discussed with your rheumatologist to treat your various symptoms.