Early diagnosis and treatment are important and can help in managing the symptoms and lessening the chance of permanent damage to organs or tissues.
Because lupus affects each person differently, 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.
Researchers at the Lupus Research Institute (LRI) are intensively looking for new alternatives to the medicines that people with lupus now take. Unlike a decade or two ago, there is now real hope that safe new treatments will soon be introduced and approved by the FDA.
Every person with lupus who signs up for a clinical trial moves science one step closer to new treatments and eventually a cure. To learn more about clinical trials, click here.