Which medications are used for the treatment of pruritus in cirrhosis?

Updated: Jul 30, 2018
  • Author: David C Wolf, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Other medications that may provide relief against pruritus in addition to antihistamines (eg, diphenhydramine, hydroxyzine) and ammonium lactate 12% skin cream (Lac-Hydrin), include ursodeoxycholic acid, doxepin, and rifampin. Naltrexone may be effective but is often poorly tolerated. Gabapentin is an unreliable therapy. Patients with severe pruritus may require institution of ultraviolet light therapy or plasmapheresis.


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