What is the role of NSAIDs in the treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS)?

Updated: Aug 30, 2019
  • Author: Marina Jovanovic, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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No clinical evidence exists on the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in the treatment of pain and inflammation in hidradenitis suppurativa. It was suggested that ketoprofen topical preparations, especially the patch one, could be useful mostly because of its good skin permeability. [1] Except aspirin, COX-2 inhibitors should probably be avoided because they are associated with a higher risk for major adverse cardiovascular events compared with the other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.


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