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Steroids in Lupus: enemies or allies

ISSN: 2077-0383
Volumen: 12
Número: 11
Páginas: 3639
Fecha de publicación: 2023
Glucocorticoids are the gold standard treatment for reducing immune activation and inflammation in a wide range of inflammatory and systemic autoimmune diseases. Glucocorticoids have potent and fast actions that quickly relieve some symptoms and lower mortality in some life-threatening conditions, but they also have side effects that limit the duration of treatment and the dose used. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a systemic autoimmune disease characterized by the involvement of numerous organs and systems and the production of autoantibodies. Most current treatments include the use of corticosteroids and immunosuppressive medications. Glucocorticoids in SLE have been classically used not only to induce remission or treat an acute situation but also as maintenance therapy. During the last decades, new approaches to managing SLE have emerged, but corticosteroids continue to be part of all therapeutic regimes. There is more and more evidence about the side effects related to the use (or abuse) of steroids and their relationship with the accrual damage. In this manuscript, we try to make a critical review of the published literature about the benefit and side effects/damage that can be attributed to the use of glucocorticoids.