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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Can any psychiatric drugs cause drug-induced lupus? If so, which ones?
Some anti-psychotic drugs such as chlorpromazine have been reported to cause positive antinuclear antibodies, fever, arthritis and serosisitis, and rarely other manifestations of lupus. The association with a few other antipsychotic drugs has been weak. The lupus-related symptoms usually subside soon after discontinuing the drug. However, the blood tests of lupus may remain positive for several months.
Ram Raj Singh, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati