Treatments for Lupus

Below is a listing of treatments and therapies for lupus. Click on one to read more information or connect with others currently using it.

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  • Acthar Gel (Repository corticotropin injection)

    Overview
    Acthar Gel is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat conditions including multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus. Acthar Gel is also re... read more

  • Acupuncture

    Overview
    Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practice that has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide range of illnesses. Some people with lupus have utilized acupuncture to relieve p... read more

  • Aralen (Chloroquine)

    Overview
    Aralen is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1949 to treat malaria. Aralen is also prescribed to treat inflammation associated with lupus. Aralen is also k... read more

  • Arava (Leflunomide)

    Overview
    Arava is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat active rheumatoid arthritis in adults. Arava is sometimes prescribed off-label to treat lupus, especially in ca... read more

  • Arixtra (Fondaparinux)

    Overview
    Arixtra is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat acute deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in conjunction with Warfarin, and to prevent DVT during surgery. Arixt... read more

  • Aspirin

    Overview
    Aspirin is an over-the-counter medication approved to treat lupus in 1948. Aspirin is often recommended for people with lupus who test positive for antiphospholipid antibodies. Taken in low doses each... read more

  • BENLYSTA (belimumab)

    What is BENLYSTA?
    BENLYSTA for intravenous injection (120 mg/vial) is a prescription medication used to treat adults with active systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus) who are receiving other lupus medici... read more

  • Celebrex (Celecoxib)

    Overview
    Celebrex is a prescription medication that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1998 to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. It is also known by its drug name, Celecoxib. Celebrex... read more

  • Celexa (Citalopram)

    Overview
    Many people with lupus experience depression because of disease activity, medication side effects, or the stress of living with a chronic illness. Celexa is a prescription drug approved by the Food an... read more

  • Coumadin (Warfarin)

    Overview
    Coumadin is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1954 to reduce the risk for blood clots, strokes and heart attacks. Coumadin is also known by its drug name, Warfa... read more

  • Cyclosporine

    Overview
    Cyclosporine is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis and prevent the rejection of transplanted organs. Cyclosporine is som... read more

  • Cymbalta (Duloxetine)

    Overview
    Many people with lupus experience depression because of disease activity, medication side effects, or the stress of living with a chronic illness. Cymbalta is a prescription drug approved by the Food ... read more

  • Cytoxan (Cyclophosphamide)

    Overview
    Cytoxan, also known by its drug name, Cyclophosphamide, is a prescription medication originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating cancer in 1959. Cytoxan is most doctors’... read more

  • Dialysis

    Overview
    Most people diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) eventually develop lupus nephritis. Even with careful treatment, five to 20 percent of those with lupus nephritis will develop end-stage r... read more

  • Diet & nutrition

    Overview

    Like everyone else, people with lupus feel their best when they consistently eat a healthy, balanced diet. Most physicians who specialize in lupus recommend the same low-fat, low-cholesterol, high-f... read more

  • Effexor (Venlafaxine)

    Overview
    Many people with lupus experience depression because of disease activity, medication side effects, or the stress of living with a chronic illness. Effexor is a prescription drug approved by the Food a... read more

  • Elavil (Amitriptyline)

    Overview
    Many people with lupus experience depression because of disease activity, medication side effects, or the stress of living with a chronic illness. Elavil is a prescription drug approved by the Food an... read more

  • Eliquis (Apixaban)

    Overview
    Eliquis is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and to treat DVT and pulmonary embolism. Eliquis may also be referred to b... read more

  • Exercise

    Overview
    Various types of physical activity not only promote general health in people with lupus, but can decrease fatigue and help manage a variety of other lupus symptoms. Aerobic exercise keeps your heart h... read more

  • Fragmin (Dalteparin sodium)

    Overview
    Fragmin is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help prevent deep vein thrombosis in people with a high risk for developing blood clots. Fragmin may also be ... read more

  • Heparin

    Overview
    Heparin is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent and treat thrombi and emboli (blood clots).

    Heparain is an anticoagulant, or blood thinner. It is belie... read more

  • Imuran (Azathioprine)

    Overview
    Imuran, also known by its drug name, Azathioprine, is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1968 to help prevent rejection in people who had kidney transplant... read more

  • Indocin (Indomethacin)

    Overview
    Indocin is a prescription medication that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1965 to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. It is also known by its drug name, Indomethacin. Indoci... read more

  • Innohep (Tinzaparin)

    Overview
    Innohep is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat acute deep vein thrombosis in conjunction with Warfarin. Innohep may also be referred to by its drug na... read more

  • Kidney transplant

    Overview
    Most people diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) eventually develop lupus nephritis. Even with careful treatment, five to 20 percent of those with lupus nephritis will develop end-stage r... read more

  • Lexapro (Escitalopram)

    Overview
    Many people with lupus experience depression because of disease activity, medication side effects, or the stress of living with a chronic illness. Lexapro is a prescription drug approved by the Food a... read more

  • Liquaemin (Heparin)

    Overview
    Liquaemin is a prescription drug that was discovered in the early 1900s, before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was formed. It is also known by its drug name, Heparin, and the alternate brand n... read more

  • Lovenox (Enoxaparin)

    Overview
    Lovenox is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent and treat deep vein thrombosis. Lovenox may also be referred to by its drug name, Enoxaparin.

    Love... read more

  • Lyrica (Pregabalin)

    Overview
    Lyrica is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat fibromyalgia, postherpetic neuralgia, partial onset seizures, and neuropathic pain associated with diabetic ne... read more

  • Methotrexate

    Overview
    Methotrexate, sold under the brand name Rheumatrex, is a prescription medication originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for fighting cancer. Methotrexate was approved in 1971 fo... read more

  • Motrin (Ibuprofen)

    Overview
    Motrin is an over-the-counter medication used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. Stronger doses of Motrin are available by prescription. Motrin is used to treat pain, stiffness and discomfort cau... read more

  • Myfortic (Mycophenolic acid)

    Overview
    Myfortic is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent organ rejection in people with kidney transplants in conjunction with Cyclosporine and corticosteroids. My... read more

  • Naproxen (Aleve)

    Overview
    Naproxen is an over-the-counter medication used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. It is sold under the brand name Aleve. Stronger doses of Naproxen are available by prescription. Naproxen is use... read more

  • Neurontin (Gabapentin)

    Overview
    Neurontin is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat postherpetic neuralgia and some types of seizures. Neurontin is sometimes prescribed to treat neuropathic p... read more

  • Norpramin (Desipramine)

    Overview
    Many people with lupus experience depression because of disease activity, medication side effects, or the stress of living with a chronic illness. Norpramin is a prescription medication approved by th... read more

  • Pamelor (Nortriptyline)

    Overview
    Many people with lupus experience depression because of disease activity, medication side effects, or the stress of living with a chronic illness. Pamelor is a prescription medication approved by the ... read more

  • Paxil (Paroxetine)

    Overview
    Many people with lupus experience depression because of disease activity, medication side effects, or the stress of living with a chronic illness. Paxil is a prescription drug approved by the Food and... read more

  • Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine)

    Overview
    Plaquenil is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat inflammation associated with lupus in people whose symptoms have not responded to drugs with lower ri... read more

  • Prednisone

    Overview
    Prednisone is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the 1950s to treat inflammation associated with lupus. Prednisone may be prescribed at a low dose for main... read more

  • Prozac (Fluoxetine)

    Overview
    Many people with lupus experience depression because of disease activity, medication side effects, or the stress of living with a chronic illness. Prozac is a prescription drug approved by the Food an... read more

  • Relafen (Nabumetone)

    Overview
    Relafen was a prescription medication that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1991 to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. The manufacturer discontinued Relafen when generic ver... read more

  • Rheumatrex (Methotrexate)

    Overview
    Rheumatrex, also known by its drug name Methotrexate, is a prescription medication originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for fighting cancer. Rheumatrex was approved in 1971 fo... read more

  • Rituxan (Rituximab)

    Overview
    Rituxan is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis in conjunction with Methotrexate. Rituxan may be prescribe... read more

  • Supplements

    Overview
    Like everyone else, people with lupus feel their best when they receive nutrients such as vitamins and minerals in proper proportions. Due to disease activity and the side effects of medications, thos... read more

  • Topamax (Topiramate)

    Overview
    Topamax is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat epilepsy and prevent migraines. Topamax may be prescribed to control seizures associated with lupus. Topamax ... read more

  • Tylenol (Acetaminophen)

    Tylenol, also known by its drug name, Acetaminophen, is an over-the-counter medication used to relieve pain and fever.

    Tylenol should be used with caution by people who have a history of liver problems or alcohol ... read more

  • Ultram (Tramadol)

    Overview
    Ultram is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to manage moderate to moderately severe pain in adults. Ultram is sometimes prescribed to treat pain associated with lu... read more

  • Wellbutrin (Bupropion)

    Overview
    Many people with lupus experience depression because of disease activity, medication side effects, or the stress of living with a chronic illness. Wellbutrin is a prescription drug approved by the Foo... read more

  • Zoloft (Sertraline)

    Overview
    Many people with lupus experience depression because of disease activity, medication side effects, or the stress of living with a chronic illness. Zoloft is a prescription drug approved by the Food an... read more

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