September 03, 2010

Anti-malarial Drugs Decrease Risk of Blood Clots in People with Lupus

From our latest Research Update Newsletter:

Many study reports have suggested that people with lupus have an increased risk for blood clots, but the degree of this increased risk has varied widely across studies. In addition, previous studies have found that anti-malarial drugs such as hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) may decrease the risk for blood clots, but the patients in these studies might have had different amounts of these treatments, or had differing severity of lupus for differing amounts of time. This could have led to confusion about whether it was the Plaquenil protecting these patients or some other factors. In this study, the researchers hoped to determine the risk of developing blood clots in people with lupus, while factoring in the year of diagnosis and disease severity.

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