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Br J Dermatol. 2000 Aug;143(2):405-7.

Change of treatment from cyclosporin to mycophenolate mofetil in severe psoriasis.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, St. Mary's Hospital, Praed Street, London W2 1NY, UK.


Eight patients whose severe psoriasis was treated with long-term cyclosporin (range 2-11 years; mean 7.6 years) were changed to mycophenolate mofetil (MMF), because of nephrotoxicity in seven and hypertension and lack of efficacy in one. In five patients psoriasis control significantly deteriorated and in three patients disease control deteriorated slightly in periods ranging from 2 to 32 weeks. Renal function improved in all six patients with cyclosporin-induced nephrotoxicity treated with MMF for more than 2 weeks. From this data it would appear that MMF is not as effective as cyclosporin in controlling severe psoriasis. However, MMF did offer reasonable disease control in three of eight patients and allowed renal function to improve, and so may have a place in the treatment of some patients unable to take cyclosporin because of renal toxicity.

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