What is the role of methylprednisolone for treatment of alopecia areata?

Updated: Jun 07, 2018
  • Author: Chantal Bolduc, MD, FRCPC; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Methylprednisolone administered at a dose of 500 mg/day for 3 days or 5 mg/kg twice a day over 3 days has been used in patients with widespread disease causing severe emotional distress. [40, 41] Risks and benefits of systemic steroid therapy must be weighed carefully. Predictors of response include disease duration of 6 months or less, age younger than 10 years at disease onset, and multifocal disease.


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