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Clin Dermatol. 2008 Sep-Oct;26(5):546-53. doi: 10.1016/j.clindermatol.2007.10.023.

Nonstandard and off-label therapies for psoriasis.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Box 1048, New York, NY 10029-6574, USA.


Although most psoriasis patients respond to standard therapies, many circumstances warrant the use of nonstandard or off-label treatments. For instance, patients with treatment-resistant psoriasis or those who have had multiple adverse effects to other therapies may be good candidates for off-label treatments. Similarly, patients with unusual and hard-to-treat forms of psoriasis such as pustular psoriasis and palmoplantar psoriasis or specific comorbidities may benefit from certain nonstandard therapies. Drugs that may be used as alternatives to standard therapies include mycophenolate mofetil, tacrolimus or pimecrolimus, isotretinoin, colchicine, sulfasalazine, paclitaxel, dapsone, azathioprine, and hydroxyurea. Other unconventional therapies include climatotherapy at the Dead Sea and grenz ray therapy.

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