Mycophenolate mofetil and systemic lupus erythematosus: an overview

Lupus. 2005;14 Suppl 1:s9-11. doi: 10.1191/0961203305lu2111oa.


Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) is an immunosuppressive agent used in transplantation, with evidence of superior protection against acute transplant rejection compared to azathioprine-containing regimens. Subsequently MMF has been used in a variety of autoimmune conditions. The major experience in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) has focused on proliferative lupus nephritis. Following its success in the treatment of lupus nephritis, MMF is now being used to control other SLE manifestations such as, lupus disease activity, haematological manifestations and resistant skin lupus. In this review, we discuss our own experience and the literature report about the use of MMF in SLE.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Immunosuppressive Agents / administration & dosage
  • Immunosuppressive Agents / pharmacology
  • Immunosuppressive Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic / drug therapy*
  • Mycophenolic Acid / administration & dosage
  • Mycophenolic Acid / analogs & derivatives*
  • Mycophenolic Acid / pharmacology
  • Mycophenolic Acid / therapeutic use*


  • Immunosuppressive Agents
  • Mycophenolic Acid