Steroids often work quickly. Your doctor may give you a short steroid treatment until your longer-term drugs start working. Doctors try to prescribe the lowest possible dosage of a steroid for the shortest length of time to avoid side effects. When you need to stop taking steroids, your doctor will slowly reduce your dosage over time to reduce your risk of side effects.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
NSAIDs are used to treat pain, inflammation, and stiffness due to lupus. These medications are available as over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs. If you have kidney disease from lupus, talk to your doctor before taking an NSAID. You may need a lower dosage or your doctor may want you to avoid these medications.
OTC NSAIDs include:
- ibuprofen (Motrin)
Prescription NSAIDs include: