WHAT ELSE CAUSES LUPUS?


Lupus can be triggered by a wide variety of medicines including:


Hydralazine


Steroids: procainamide and prednisone


Anticonvulsants: phenytoin, hydantoin, primidone


Isoniazid


Chlorpromazine


Antibiotics: penicillin, Septrin, Septra


Practolol


Antithyroid: propylthiouracil, methylthiouracil


Methyldopa


Certain other factors can cause lupus flare ups. These include:


Exposure to sunlight (including sunbeds)


Birth control pills containing estrogen


Colds and flu


Pregnancy


In cases of active lupus, a patient may be treated with some or all of the following drugs:


Non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs for symptomatic relief


Antimalarial for rashes, arthritis and malaise


Steroids for severe flare ups and in low doses for maintenance


Immunosuppressive drugs in conjunction with steroids for “maintenance”


In addition, a patient may receive anti hypertensives, antibiotics, anticonvulsants, and antithrombosis drugs.

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