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How is lupus treated?

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The type of lupus treatment prescribed will depend on several factors, including the person's age, type of drugs he or she is taking, overall health, medical history, and location and severity of disease. Because lupus is a condition that can change over time and is not always predictable, a critical part of good care includes periodic visits with a knowledgeable, accessible doctor, such as a rheumatologist. Some people with mild features of the disease do not require treatment, while people with serious involvement (such as kidney complications) may require powerful medications. Drugs used to treat lupus include:

  • Steroids
  • Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)
  • Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide)
  • Imuran (azathioprine)
  • Rheumatrex (methotrexate)
  • Benlysta (belimumab)
  • CellCept (mycophenolate mofetil)
  • Rituxan (rituximab)

From: Lupus Overview WebMD Medical Reference

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The Lupus Foundation of America.

American College of Rheumatology.

FDA.

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 7, 2019

SOURCES:

The Lupus Foundation of America.

American College of Rheumatology.

FDA.

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 7, 2019

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