Vitiligo Medication

Updated: Jul 25, 2017
  • Author: Krista Roncone; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Medication

Medication Summary

The goals of pharmacotherapy are to reduce morbidity and to prevent complications.

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Corticosteroids

Class Summary

Corticosteroids have anti-inflammatory properties and cause profound and varied metabolic effects. In addition, these agents modify the body's immune response to diverse stimuli. These drugs are used to stop spread of vitiligo and accomplish repigmentation. Data supporting the efficacy of such treatment is largely anecdotal. More study is needed to establish the safety and efficacy of systemic agents.

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Psoralens

Class Summary

These agents are used with UV-A exposure for the treatment of localized or generalized vitiligo.

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Immunomodulator

Class Summary

Immunomodulators suppress the activity of the immune system.

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Vitamins

Class Summary

Vitamin D analogs may regulate skin cell production and differentiation.

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