Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can happen to anyone. The range of symptoms is wide which makes it a difficult disease to diagnose. The average time it takes to reach an accurate diagnosis is seven years. Symptoms may vary from patient to patient, which means that the treatment approach has to be discussed with an expert and a team of clinicians who will tailor the best treatment option for the specific condition.
Currently, doctors use a wide variety of drugs and medicines to treat lupus which can be prescribed depending on the severity and advancement of the disease. These medicines can range from mild to extremely strong. There are several different categories of drugs that doctors recommend for the treatment of lupus, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has only approved a few specifically for the disease.
Here’s a list we’ve put together of five lupus treatment you should know about (source: Lupus Foundation of America website):