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J Cutan Med Surg. 2008 Nov-Dec;12(6):255-67.

Psychopharmacology in psychodermatology.

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Department of Dermatology, University of Toronto, ON. rahul.shukla@utoronto.ca

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The management of psychodermatologic disease often involves the use of psychotropics by dermatologists. A general approach to the psychopharmacologic management of psychodermatological disease may be of assistance to the dermatologist.

OBJECTIVE:

We review and provide a current psychopharmacologically based approach to management of common psychopathologies associated with psychodermatologic disorders, common side effects, and potential drug interactions that may occur with selected psychotropics.

METHODS:

Using relevant MeSH terms, we performed a review of the literature from 1980 to 2006.

RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS:

Effective psychopharmacologic management of psychodermatologic disease involves identifying and basing treatment on the associated psychopathology; familiarity with a variety of psychotropic agents, including antidepressants, anxiolytics, and antipsychotics; and the involvement of a psychiatrist when possible.

PMID:
19317947
DOI:
10.2310/7750.2008.07062
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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