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How do medications treat systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)?

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like aspirin, can often treat the minor joint pain and inflammation associated with systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE. Corticosteroids can help to reduce inflammation in the skin and mucous membranes. Antimalarial drugs, such as hydroxychloroquine, may help to prevent flare-ups of systemic lupus erythematosus. Immunosuppressant drugs are often prescribed to control SLE flare-ups.

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