Immunosuppressive Medicines for Lupus
What To Think About
Combinations of immunosuppressants and corticosteroids can be very effective but can also increase the risk of side effects. So regular follow-up and monitoring by your doctor is essential.
Some people may take medicines such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or antimalarial drugs while they are taking immunosuppressive medicines. Your doctor will work with you to find the best medicine or combination of medicines for you.
Immunosuppressants can cause birth defects. Do not take immunosuppressants if you are pregnant or wish to become pregnant. If you are a man who is taking this medicine, do not try to conceive a child.
Immunosuppressive and cytotoxic medicines have been associated with a small increase in the risk for certain cancers. But if you have severe, possibly life-threatening lupus, you may decide that a medicine's risk is outweighed by its potential benefits.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: May 10, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Nancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology