What are the medications for lupus?
Lupus, or SLE, is an immune system disease. There is yet no cure for lupus. But some medications can help with it. The medications for lupus mainly include:
- NSAIDs, namely nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, to suppress pain and inflammation of lupus.
- Corticosteroids that return the immune system back to normal. They can have severe side effects.
- Antimalarials that reduce the symptoms of lupus. It may take longer time to take effect with milder side effects.
- Immunosuppressive drugs that suppress the overactive immune system. But they will also decrease the ability of protecting the body.
- Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) that helps relieve the symptoms of lupus. Their long-term effects are still under study.
- Anticoagulants that prevent the blood from clotting too much.
All drugs have side effects. Consult your doctor about the medications first.
Key words: lupus; SLE; medications.