Opioid Use in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is on the Rise

December 20, 2019

Nearly one third of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus use prescription opioids, with around two thirds of those using opioids for more than a year, while emergency department use is associated with increased prescription opioid use, say researchers writing in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report in Septmeber.

2019's Top Treatment Advances in Lupus

December 18, 2019

2019 was a significant year for new developments in the treatment of systemic lupus. These include new treatment options for systemic lupus and updated treatment guidelines for established treatments. In this slideshow, we highlight a few of the achievements made throughout the year.

High Rates of Inappropriate Opioid Use Found in SLE

November 20, 2019

A large proportion of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have been inappropriately prescribed opioids, researchers reported recently in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Anifrolumab Shows Efficiency in Systemic Lupus

November 13, 2019

ACR Annual Meeting:  In patients with moderate to severe systemic lupus erythematosus, anifrolumab (AstraZeneca) was superior to placebo for overall disease activity, skin disease and oral corticosteroid tapering, among other efficacy endpoints, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology in Atlanta on November 12.

Here's why there are no new treatments for lupus

November 10, 2019

ACR Annual Meeting: At the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting in Atlanta today, Dr. Konstantinos Tselios of the University of Toronto addresses the challenges associated with developing new treatments for systemic lupus.

Low-Dose IL-2 May be Effective, Tolerated in SLE

October 29, 2019

Low-dose IL-2 might be effective and tolerated in the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), say researchers writing in Annals of the Rheumatic Disease this month.

Retinopathy in Systemic Lupus Increases with Longer Hydroxychloroquine Use

October 29, 2019

Hydroxychloroquine retinopathy is more common than previously thought, shows a study published in Arthritis and Rheumatology.  Higher dosages and long duration of use is associated with a higher risk of vision loss.

An Update on Treatment Options for Systemic Lupus

October 29, 2019

While significant advances have been made in the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), the highly variable manifestations of the disease make treatment difficult.

Survey Highlights the Hazards of Alternate Dosing and Pill Splitting

October 29, 2019

Availability of new dosages for hydroxychloroquine-a first-line therapy for systemic lupus-may be best for patients, shows a survey conducted by the Lupus Foundation of America.

A Skin Rash and Clues that Lead to a Serious Rheumatic Condition

October 18, 2019

Reporting in the Oct. 14 issue of The American Journal of Medicine, Kristopher Ahn, M.D., and Rukma Govindu, M.D., describe a case of an otherwise healthy 36-year-old African American woman who presents to the emergency department for treatment of a long-lasting skin rash. As her ED visit unfolds, it turns into a complicated, challenging, difficult to diagnose case. Learn more in this featured case study.