Treating lupus

What do I need to know about beta-blocker medications and lupus?

Beta blockers have once in a while been put on a list of agents which might cause drug-induced lupus, usually in elderly people. However, this does not mean that they are not safe to use in most lupus patients. Many antibiotics are also on that list, and we use them too. Beta blockers are probably reasonably safe to use in most lupus patients, although a person with Raynaud’s phenomenon has to be cautious about taking beta-blockers as they can worsen Raynaud’s. Other medical conditions sometimes co-exist in those with lupus, so the decision about an individual's risk when taking any medication needs to be weighed with his or her doctor.

Medically reviewed on July 20, 2013

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