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How can corticosteroids help with lupus?

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Lupus makes parts of your immune system overactive, so it attacks healthy tissue by mistake. Corticosteroids weaken this immune response. Your doctor may prescribe these drugs if lupus causes problems in your heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, or blood vessels.

They work fast to ease the swelling, warmth, and soreness in joints caused by inflammation. They can also prevent long-term organ damage.

From: Understanding Lupus -- Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 07, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 09/07/2019

SOURCES:

Family Doctor: "Lupus."

Lupus Foundation of America: "What is the prognosis for a person with lupus?" "What medications are used to treat lupus?" "What do I need to know about Benlysta?"

UpToDate: "Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) (Beyond the Basics)" and "Overview of the therapy and prognosis of systemic lupus erythematosus in adults."

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 07, 2019

SOURCES:

Family Doctor: "Lupus."

Lupus Foundation of America: "What is the prognosis for a person with lupus?" "What medications are used to treat lupus?" "What do I need to know about Benlysta?"

UpToDate: "Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) (Beyond the Basics)" and "Overview of the therapy and prognosis of systemic lupus erythematosus in adults."

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 07, 2019

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