What factors should guide treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)?

Updated: Aug 04, 2021
  • Author: Christie M Bartels, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is guided by the individual patient's manifestations. Fever, rash, musculoskeletal manifestations, and serositis generally respond to treatment with hydroxychloroquine, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), and steroids in low to moderate doses, as necessary, for acute flares. Medications such as methotrexate may be useful in chronic lupus arthritis, and azathioprine and mycophenolate have been widely used in lupus of moderate severity. [168]


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