Disseminated lupus erythematosus; SLE; Lupus; Lupus erythematosus
There is no cure for SLE. Treatment is aimed at controlling symptoms. Your individual symptoms determine your treatment.
Mild disease that involves a rash, headaches, fever, arthritis, pleurisy, and pericarditis does not need much therapy.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) are used to treat arthritis and pleurisy.
- Corticosteroid creams are used to treat skin rashes.
- An antimalaria drug (hydroxychloroquine) and low-dose corticosteroids are sometimes used for skin and arthritis symptoms.
You should wear protective clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen when in the sun.
Severe or life-threatening symptoms (such as
- Corticosteroids or medications to decrease the immune system response may be prescribed to control the various symptoms.
- Cytotoxic drugs (drugs that block cell growth) are used to treat people who do not respond well to corticosteroids, or who are unable to stop taking corticosteroids without their symptoms getting worse.
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Review Date: 02/07/2010
Reviewed By: Mark James Borigini, MD, Rheumatologist in the Washington, DC Metro area. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.