Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) is an anti-malarial generally considered to inhibit disease progression. It's fairly standard to be placed on this for years.
Corticosteroids (Prednisone, etc) are used to reduce inflammation and suppress activity of the immune system. Low doses are used long-term, higher doses to control flares. You should be getting regular bloodwork that includes watching your inflammation markers.
A third type of treatment is also used - Imuran, Cellcept, MTX, Benylsta, and others. This can sometimes send SLE into a "quiet" phase, but which med will work for which patient is entirely trial-and-error.
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Post Edited (Lynnwood) : 8/22/2014 1:00:29 PM (GMT-6)