Early diagnosis and treatment of lupus can help to manage the symptoms and lessen the chance of permanent damage to organs or tissues. Lupus is different for every person, so 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. Learn about the different drugs used to treat lupus, the side effects, and drug interactions.

Attendee Takeaways:
  • Understand medications used to treat lupus
  • Recognize side effects and drug interactions
  • Know the brand names and generic names of commonly prescribed medications for lupus
  • Understand importance of taking medications as prescribed

Who Should Attend:
  • People with lupus
  • Family and friends of people with lupus
  • Health care providers and other professionals who treat people with lupus

This webinar is for educational and informational purposes. The Foundation does not recommend or endorse any particular treatment or therapy. The information provided here should not be used for the purposes of diagnosing or treating a medical illness. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional care. Lupus is a very individualized illness; consult with a healthcare professional, in-person, before making any decisions about your care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, you should consult your health care provider. The S.L.E. Lupus Foundation does not provide any medical services to its patients and users. For an accurate medical evaluation, participants should seek one from a qualified healthcare professional. S.L.E. Lupus Foundation employees, consultants, and agents shall not be liable for any claims or damages, and expressly disclaim all liability of any nature for any action or non-action taken as a result of the information generated by the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation programs.

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Date Presented:
May 17, 2012 1:00 PM Eastern
1 hour
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Making Sense of Medications Used to Treat Lupus
Irene Blanco, M.D., M.S.

Irene Blanco, M.D., M.S., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her medical studies at Einstein and her internal medicine residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Cornell Campus. She then returned to Einstein for her rheumatology fellowship, simultaneously completing a Master’s in Clinical Research and has since become a member of the faculty. Her research seeks to improve the clinician’s ability to predict and ultimately improve the outcome of lupus nephritis, a potentially devastating complication of systemic lupus erythematosus.

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