Rituximab highly effective for providing relief to lupus patientsA drug that is presently used for treating cancer may prove additional worth for treating lupus and complications of the central nervous system.

Rheumatologists at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology in Vienna, Austria, discovered that Rituximab can be highly effective for treating patients with lupus.

Lupus is a disorder of the immune system in which the body attacks itself resulting in severe pain, diffused body organ damage, and inflammation besides reducing life quality of patients.

Clinical professor Michael Neuwelt, at the University of California San Francisco and Stanford University, said that Rituximab is an effective drug that may be recommended as a gentle option for treatment lasting up to six months and with reduced side effect risk.