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Drug-Induced Lupus - Topic Overview

Certain medicines can cause temporary symptoms and signs of lupus. The symptoms go away when you stop taking the medicine, typically within a few weeks. Symptoms are usually milder than in typical lupus, and the kidneys and central nervous system are rarely affected.

Some children who take medicines to prevent seizures develop a condition similar to drug-induced lupus seen in adults. Symptoms go away when the child stops taking the medicine.

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Understanding Lupus -- Symptoms

Lupus improves at times, and worsens at others. Symptoms of lupus may include: Profound fatigue Low-grade fever Severe joint pain and muscle aches Skin rash on the face or body Extreme sun sensitivity Weight loss Mental confusion and seizures Chest pain on taking a deep breath Nose, mouth, or throat sores Enlarged lymph nodes Poor circulation in fingers and toes Bald patches and hair loss  

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Medicines that may play a role in inducing lupus include:

These and other medicines may induce symptoms of lupus in some individuals. But the symptoms are not permanent. They will eventually disappear after you stop taking the medicine.

Even if you have lupus, your doctor may prescribe these medicines to treat other conditions. There is no evidence that drugs that cause drug-induced lupus cause lupus flares.

If you suspect that a medicine is triggering lupus symptom flares, talk with your health doctor about changing your medicine.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: September 09, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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