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Hautarzt. 2003 Apr;54(4):338-41. Epub 2003 Feb 28.

[Topical corticosteroids versus topical inhibitors of calcineurin].

[Article in German]

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  • Klinik für Dermatologie, Klinikum Ernst von Bergmann gGmbH, Potsdam. rniedner@klinikumevb.de

Abstract

Topical corticosteroids (TCC) have significantly shaped dermatological therapy for five decades. A few months ago the TCC were joined by competition, the topical inhibitors of calcineurin (TIC), wrongly termed topical immunomodulators. The present paper reviews the pharmacological effects and clinical efficacy of TIC, compares the risks, benefits and costs of those two groups of topical drugs and develops a position on the use of TIC. While TIC have ushered in a new era of topical anti-inflammatory therapy, the age of TCC is far from over.

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