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Drug-induced systemic lupus erythematosus

Health    Drug-induced systemic lupus erythematosus
An autoimmune disorder, similar to systemic lupus erythematosus, that is caused by certain drugs

Symptoms of Drug-induced systemic lupus erythematosus

The following features are indicative of Drug-induced systemic lupus erythematosus:
  • joint pain
  • serositis
  • muscle pain
  • fatigue
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Common Causes of Drug-induced systemic lupus erythematosus

The following are the most common causes of Drug-induced systemic lupus erythematosus:
  • use of procainamide
  • use of hydralazine
  • use of infliximab
  • use of etanercept
  • use of isoniazid
  • use of minocycline

Risk Factors for Drug-induced systemic lupus erythematosus

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Drug-induced systemic lupus erythematosus:
  • decrease in N-acetylation
  • use of pyrazinamide
  • use of quinidine
  • use of carbamazepine
  • use of oxcarbazepine
  • use of propafenone
  • use of chlorpromazine
  • use of minoxidil
  • use of D-Penicillamine
  • use of phenytoin

Prevention of Drug-induced systemic lupus erythematosus

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Drug-induced systemic lupus erythematosus. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • check the adverse reactions while using any drug

Occurrence of Drug-induced systemic lupus erythematosus

Common Age Group

Drug-induced systemic lupus erythematosus most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged > 50 years

Common Gender

Drug-induced systemic lupus erythematosus can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Drug-induced systemic lupus erythematosus

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Drug-induced systemic lupus erythematosus:
  • Urinalysis: To check abnormality in urine
  • ANCA panel test (Antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody): To evaluate the autoimmunity
  • Antihistone antibody test: To check the antihistone antibody level
  • Complete blood count: To check the level of blood components
  • Skin biopsy: To diagnose the drug induced lupus erythematosus

Complications of Drug-induced systemic lupus erythematosus if untreated

Yes, Drug-induced systemic lupus erythematosus causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Drug-induced systemic lupus erythematosus is left untreated:
  • thrombocytopenia purpura
  • hemolytic anemia
  • myocarditis
  • pericarditis
  • nephritis

Self-care for Drug-induced systemic lupus erythematosus

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Drug-induced systemic lupus erythematosus:
  • Wear protective clothes: To prevent exposure to sunlight
  • Wear sunglasses: To get protection from sunlight

Time for Treatment of Drug-induced systemic lupus erythematosus

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Drug-induced systemic lupus erythematosus to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • Within 1 week

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
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