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Medications Used to Treat Lupus

Overview

Medications are important for managing many systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients. An array of drug therapies is now available, and this has increased the potential for effective treatment and excellent patient outcomes. Once a person has been diagnosed with lupus, the doctor will develop a treatment plan based on the personís age, health, symptoms, and lifestyle. It should be reevaluated regularly and revised as necessary to ensure that it is as effective as possible. The goals for treating a patient with lupus include:

  • reducing tissue inflammation caused by the disease
  • suppressing immune system abnormalities that are responsible for tissue inflammation
  • preventing flares and treating them when they do occur
  • easing symptoms such as joint pain and fatigue
  • minimizing complications of the disease.


  • Patients and Providers: Working Together

  • Educating Patients About Lupus Medications

  • Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

  • Antimalarials

  • Corticosteroids

  • Immunosuppressives

  • Intravenous Immunoglobulins (IVIGs)

  • Other Drugs





















    Source: National Institutes of Health, U.S.Dept of Health and Human Services


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