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.
In 2011, the first lupus therapy in 50 years was approved with Benlysta (belimumab) Co-developed with Human Genome Sciences and GlaxoSmithKline, Belimumab is an antibody that interferes with the immune system's assault by binding to and inhibiting a protein called the 'B-lymphocyte stimulator' (BLyS). Blocking BLyS is thought to cause the immune system's antibody-producing B cells to self-destruct, thereby reducing the body's ability to attack its own tissues.
On the Hunt for New Lupus Medicines
LRI researchers are intensively looking for new alternatives to the medicines that people with lupus now take. Learn more
Innovative research in human tissue may also drive discovery of new therapies. Learn more
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
Keep in mind that every medicine, even aspirin, can cause side effects. Your doctor will weigh the risk for side effects against the potential benefit from any medicine she recommends.
A Lot You CAN Do
While much about lupus may be out of your control, there are some lifestyle measures that you CAN take to help control lupus symptoms. Learn more