Treatments of Lupus

At this point lupus cannot be cured but research continues to work on new medications. The good news is that with the correct medication and by taking care of themselves most lupus patients can hold a job, have children and lead a full life.

How is Lupus treated?

For the majority of people with lupus, effective treatment can minimize symptoms. Reduce inflammation, and maintain healthy organ function. The medical professional may treat each lupus patient in a different way, because the symptoms of lupus often differ from one person to another.

Medications used to treat lupus

Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS):

  • Acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin)
  • Naproxen (Naprosyn)
  • Indomethacin (Indocid)
  • Sulindac (Clinoril)


  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)


  • Prednisone
  • Prednisolone


  • Chloroquine (Aralen)
  • Hydroxychloroquine (Plaqenil)
  • Quinacrine (Atabrine)

Chemotherapy drugs:

  • Azathioprine (Imuran)
  • Cyclophosphamide, (Cytoxan)

Be sure to discuss the selection of medications, the possible side effects, and any changes of dosage with your doctor.