Drug-Induced Lupus Erythematosus Medication

Updated: Jun 23, 2020
  • Author: Catharine Lisa Kauffman, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Medication

Medication Summary

Symptoms of drug-induced lupus erythematosus (DILE) usually clear within weeks of stopping the culprit drug; however, residual antibodies may persist for extended periods after discontinuance of the identified causative agent. Generally, no other specific treatments are known.

Low doses of systemic corticosteroids may be prescribed for short periods if the symptoms of DILE are severe (eg, polyarthritis resulting in debilitating inflammation in many joints simultaneously).

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Corticosteroids

Class Summary

Low doses of systemic corticosteroids may be prescribed for short periods if the symptoms of DILE are severe (eg, polyarthritis resulting in debilitating inflammation in many joints simultaneously).

Prednisone

Prednisone is commonly used to treat inflammatory manifestations.

Methylprednisolone (Depo-Medrol, Medrol, Solu-Medrol)

Methylprednisolone is used as an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressant agent in the treatement of a variety of diseases.

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