Other drugs

Dapsone

This drug was originally developed for treating leprosy but was proved very effective in dermatitis pityformis and some other conditions, such as pyoderma gangrenosum. It may cause haemolytic anaemia, and other side effects include bone marrow suppression, hepatitis, and peripheral neuropathy. Regular blood checks are essential.

Hydroxychloroquine

This drug is used in both systemic and discoid lupus erythematosus as well polymorphic light eruption and porphyria cutanea tarda. The most serious side effect is retinopathy but this does not occur if the dose does not exceed 6-5 mg/kg lean body weight.

Psoralens

These drugs are used in conjunction with long wavelength ultraviolet light as psoralen with ultraviolet A (PUVA) therapy described on page 67. It is used for the treatment of severe psoriasis. It has also proved effective in some cases of atopic eczema, T cell lymphoma of the skin, and occasionally in lichen planus. There is a risk of cataract formation, and a full blood count as well as antinuclear factor tests should be carried out.

Preparations for treating acne and varicose ulcers are described in the appropriate sections.

Further reading

Arndt KA. Manual of dermatological therapeutics, 5th ed. NewYork: Little, 1995

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