Loading icon
Press enter or spacebar to select a desired language.
Health Information Center

Treatments for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

  • Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
Publication Type:

Condition InDepth

Treatments for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

There is no cure for SLE. Treatment is aimed at:

  • Stopping health problems from worsening
  • Treating problems when they happen
  • Lowering the risk of health problems, such as harm to organs
  • Maintaining or improving quality of life

SLE differs in each person. The treatments a person will have will depend on the problems they are having and how they impact life. The earlier SLE and flare ups are found and treated, the better.

Treatment may be:


  • Lupus. American College of Rheumatology website. Available at: http://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver/Diseases-Conditions/Lupus.
  • Lupus. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/lupus.
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/musculoskeletal-and-connective-tissue-disorders/autoimmune-rheumatic-disorders/systemic-lupus-erythematosus-sle.
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/systemic-lupus-erythematosus-sle-in-adults.
  • What causes lupus? Lupus Foundation of America website. Available at: https://www.lupus.org/resources/what-causes-lupus.
  • What is lupus? Lupus Foundation of America website. Available at: https://www.lupus.org/resources/what-is-lupus.


  • Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD
Last Updated:

This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.