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What are some aggressive treatments for lupus?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

When you suffer from severe forms of lupus, your doctor may recommend aggressive treatment. Aggressive treatments for lupus include high doses of corticosteroids, despite its harmful side effects. Your doctor might also recommend drugs that suppress the immune system so that your body stops producing the antibodies that attack good tissue. This treatment also has the potential to be dangerous, as it makes you susceptible to many illnesses.

There are also potential lupus treatments that are still in the clinical trial phase, including belimumab, stem cell transplants, DHEA, and rituximab.

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