Which medications are used for the treatment of erythema nodosum (EN)?

Updated: May 11, 2020
  • Author: Jeanette L Hebel, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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If the underlying disease or drug is identified, it should be eliminated. Since erythema nodosum often regresses spontaneously, symptomatic relief using NSAIDs (eg, acetyl salicylic acid, ibuprofen, naproxen, indomethacin) usually is all that is required. Corticosteroids are effective but seldom necessary in self-limited disease. Recurrence of erythema nodosum following discontinuation of treatment is common, and underlying infectious disease may be worsened. Potassium iodide may relieve lesional tenderness, arthralgia, and fever. [23] Colchicine has been used in a few refractory cases with good results. Note that some of the medications used to treat erythema nodosum have been implicated as rare causes of erythema nodosum in individuals with hypersensitivity to the drugs. [24]


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