List of Common Lupus Medications

Your doctor may prescribe these drugs when other medications haven’t worked to control your symptoms. These drugs aren’t a first-line treatment for lupus because they have potentially severe side effects. Your doctor will monitor you closely for side effects during treatment if you take any of these drugs. These effects can include:

  • liver damage
  • infections
  • certain types of cancer
  • infertility in men and women
  • sun sensitivity
  • hair loss


People with lupus have a higher risk of blood clots. If your doctor decides you need preventive treatment, they may give you a drug to thin your blood. Anticoagulants do not treat lupus specifically but may be a part of your lupus care. If your doctor gives you one of these drugs, they will watch you closely to make sure your blood doesn’t become too thin.

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