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Which monoclonal antibodies treat lupus?

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Belimumab (Benlysta), the first drug created just to treat lupus, was approved by the FDA in 2011. It targets specific immune cells and may help lower your need for steroid treatment. But it hasn't been tested thoroughly for the most severe forms of lupus.

Rituxan (Rituximab) has sometimes been used for lupus when other treatments haven't worked.

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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