What is Drug-Induced Lupus?

Drug-induced lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disorder that is brought on by a reaction to medication.

Drug-induced lupus erythematosus is similar to systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). It is an autoimmune disorder, which means the body mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. However, drug-induced lupus is caused by a hypersensitive reaction to medication.

You can get lupus from using specific medications. The most common medications known to cause drug-induced lupus include: isoniazid, hydralazine, and procainamide. Other medications known to cause drug-induced lupus, include:

  • Anti-seizure medications
  • Capoten
  • Chlorpromazine
  • Etanercept
  • Infliximab
  • Methyldopa
  • Minocycline
  • Penicillamine
  • Quinidine
  • Sulfasalazine

Symptoms tend to occur after taking the drug for at least 3 to 6 months.


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