Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) Topic Guide

Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus): Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease characterized by periods of remission and relapse (flares). Symptoms and signs include fatigue, fever, rash, abdominal pain, depression, and muscle pain. Treatment involves using high SPF lotion to prevent sun-induced rashes and may involve taking medications such as hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine, antidepressants, or heparin.

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Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) Topic Guide - Medications and Vitamins

Medications:

belimumab Belimumab

Belimumab is a monoclonal antibody that affects the actions of the body's immune system. Monoclonal antibodies are made to target and destroy only certain c...learn more »

cyclophosphamide (oral/injection) Cyclophosphamide (oral/injection)

Cyclophosphamide is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body...learn more »

azathioprine Azathioprine

Azathioprine weakens your body's immune system, to help keep it from "rejecting" a transplanted organ such as a kidney. Organ rejection happens when the imm...learn more »

warfarin Warfarin

Warfarin is an anticoagulant (blood thinner). Warfarin reduces the formation of blood clots...learn more »

ibuprofen Ibuprofen

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Ibuprofen works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body...learn more »