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May 28th Lupus Fact
Anti-inflammatory drugs, anti-malarials, and steroids, such as prednisone, are used to treat lupus. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) and Cytotoxic chemotherapies similar to those given in the treatment of cancer are also used to suppress the immune system of people with lupus. Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) was approved by the FDA for lupus in 1955. HCQ and Corticosteroids like prednisone were the only real treatment for lupus for 56 years. Finally, in 2011 Belimumab (Benlysta®) a Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) was approved by the FDA for the direct treatment of lupus. Ten years later in 2021, Anifrolumab-fnia (Saphnelo®) was approved.
The goal of lupus treatment is not just to reduce the symptoms, but to maintain full function. Even with good treatment, symptoms are likely to fluctuate over time. Lupus is always unpredictable.
This is your twenty-eighth Butterfly of Hope.
We need awareness! We need a cure!
Encourage everyone you know to let it FLY!
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