While there is no cure for lupus, early diagnosis and treatment can help in managing the symptoms and lessening the chance of permanent damage to organs or tissues.
Because lupus is different for every person, treatments and medications are prescribed based on individual needs.
For mild cases of lupus, medicines may include over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medicines.
For more severe lupus, or when internal organs are affected, stronger prescription drugs are prescribed to quiet the immune system and protect organs such as the kidneys, heart, and lungs from further attack.
by Philip Kahn, MD
Researchers at the Foundation and at the organization that it helped to spawn to speed things along—the Lupus Research Institute (LRI)—are intensively looking for new alternatives to the medicines that people with lupus now take. Learn more
But unlike a decade or two ago, there is now real hope that safe new treatments will soon be introduced and approved by the FDA.
Drug development in lupus is heating up, and many experts see cause for hope. Learn more
Every person with lupus who signs up for a clinical trial moves science one step closer to new treatments, and, eventually a cure. Learn more
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