|Year : 1996 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 87--88
Sulfasalazine in treatment of psoriasis
Rakesh Bharti, Premjot Singh Girgla
Department of Skin and STD, Sri Guru Ram Das Hospital, Amritsar-143001, India
A 5-lipoxygenase inhibitor-sulfasalazine was compared to a known effective drug-methotrexate in psoriasis. Fifteen patients each were put on sulfasalazine (1500 mg/day) and methotrexate (7.5 mg/week). Assessment was made on the basis of EST (Erythema, Scaling and Thickness) scale, initially and then weekly upto 4 weeks followed by 4 weekly upto 12 weeks. Efficacy was comparable for the 2 drugs: decrease in mean EST in patients on methotrexate and sulfasalazine therapy was 86.55% and 83.64% at 4 weeks; and 92.86% and 92.13% at 12 weeks respectively. Nine patients on sulfasalazine therapy and 10 patients on methotrexate therapy had complete clearance at the end of 12 weeks.
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