What you should know about lupus (SLE)

You are not alone

At least 1.5 million Americans have lupus. Most are living with the type of lupus called systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE. Despite being on treatment, many still experience active disease, and may need additional medicines to manage their symptoms.

Whether you’re new to treatment or already taking medicines for your lupus, it’s important to understand what treatment options are available. This section will help you explore those options, including Acthar, so you can keep up your fight against lupus.

What is lupus?

Lupus is an autoimmune disease. There are different types of lupus—the most common type is systemic lupus erythematosus, often called “SLE” or “lupus” for short. It can affect your skin, your joints, and the organs inside your body, including your kidneys. The disease can be mild or more severe.

There is no cure for lupus. However, with good medical care, most people living with lupus can manage their disease.

How does lupus affect
my immune system?

Normally your immune system makes proteins called antibodies. They are the body’s natural defense system against germs and bacteria.

With lupus, your immune system can’t tell the difference between healthy cells and harmful germs. So by mistake it makes autoantibodies (“auto” means “self”) that attack and destroy healthy tissues. These antibodies cause inflammation, pain and damage to your body.

Did You Know?

You can’t “catch” lupus from anyone. It’s a disease of your own immune (defense) system.

Important Safety Information

Who should  NOT take Acthar?

You should not take Acthar if you have: