Author | Archana R. Vasudevan, MD


Established and Novel Treatments for Lupus

August 04, 2009

Although many medications are used for the management of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and its complications, only aspirin, corticosteroids, and the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) are specifically approved by the FDA.1 Most other medications used for SLE treatment are commercially available off label (Table 1), usually borrowed from cancer or transplant regimens. In some cases, medications have been approved for a specific clinical manifestation seen in both idiopathic disease and SLE, such as bosentan for pulmonary hypertension.