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Lupus Treatment Information
Treatment options for lupus include:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Available in both over-the-counter and prescription versions, these medications help to control pain for many lupus patients.
- Corticosteroids. Synthetic hormones, such as prednisone, can help to reduce inflammation caused by lupus.
- Immune suppressants. These medications impair the immune system’s ability to damage the body’s own tissues including the heart, lungs and kidneys. Doctors sometimes prescribe them in conjunction with corticosteroids.
- Antimalarial drugs. Certain medications used to treat malaria can also alleviate lupus symptoms such as rashes, joint pain and fatigue.
- Biologic response modifiers. Genetically engineered medications that disrupt the immune system responses that lead to joint inflammation are used for other rheumatic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis. They might also be helpful in treating lupus. In 2011, belimumab (Benlysta) became the first new drug approved for lupus since 1955.
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Lupus Support Services
National organizations providing information and resources for lupus patients and their families include:
A Sampling of Lupus Support Services
American College of Rheumatology
This group, representing rheumatologists and other rheumatology professionals, offers information on lupus and other autoimmune disorders.
Lupus Foundation of America
This organization dedicated to education, research and advocacy explains lupus in patient-friendly terms.