What is the role of pharmacologic therapy for pemphigus vulgaris?

Updated: Jun 14, 2018
  • Author: Bassam Zeina, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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The aim of pharmacologic therapy for pemphigus vulgaris is to reduce inflammatory response and autoantibody production. Medications used in the disease’s treatment include the following:

  • Corticosteroids: Discourage the inflammatory process by inhibiting specific cytokine production

  • Immunosuppressants: Should be considered early in the course of disease as steroid-sparing agents

See Treatment and Medication for more detail.


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