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Fumaric Acid: an effective drug against psoriasis and multiple sclerosis ?

Management of psoriasis vulgaris and multiple sclerosis with fumaric acid.

Gkalpakiotis S, Arenberger P, Gkalpakioti P, Meluzinova E, Chandran D, Arenbergerova M.

J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014 Mar;70(3):e60-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2013.10.031.

  • Fumaric Acid is a big thing in Germany.
  • It is used in the management of psoriasis under the brand name Fumaderm
  • It also seems to have a positive effect in the management of Multiple Sclerosis, a condition which has also been shown to be associated with psoriasis
  • The loading dose for psoriasis is 30mg/d and can be increased to 480mg/d and in the case report there is a PASI 75 improvement of lesions in a patient also presenting with optic neuritis.

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Contributors Dr Christophe Hsu – dermatologist. Geneva, Switzerland