Corticosteroids (prednisone) are the mainstay of therapy for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Prednisone works: it has anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive actions in SLE. This is why doctors who treat lupus patients use it, and why patients accept it — because they often feel better right after they start taking it. But ultimately, it can do much more harm than good.
In this edition of LEAP Rounds, Dr. Michelle Petri discusses systemic lupus erythematosus, and the dangers of prednisone.