Although highly effective, long-term use of topical steroids can cause adverse side effects. Additionally, steroids alone do not address the multiple pathophysiologic factors that cause the disease.
Psoriasis regimens that utilize high-potency steroids combined with nonsteroid-containing products such as vitamin D analogs have been used for many years to manage the disease, not only for the short-term treatment of the disease but also for long-term treatment to minimize the recurrence of symptoms.
We report an open-label, multicenter study designed to evaluate a weekday/ weekend treatment regimen involving calcitriol ointment 3 microg/g and clobetasol propionate spray 0.05% for moderate plaque psoriasis.
Participants applied calcitriol ointment 3 microg/g twice daily on the weekdays and clobetasol propionate spray 0.05% twice daily on the weekends for up to 4 weeks.
Participants were evaluated at baseline, week 2, and week 4. The results of this study demonstrate that a 4-week regimen of calcitriol ointment 3 microg/g treatment on weekdays and clobetasol propionate spray 0.05% on weekends is effective and well-tolerated for the treatment of moderate plaque psoriasis.
JournalCutis; cutaneous medicine for the practitioner
Cutis; cutaneous medicine for the practitioner
Cutis. 2011 Oct;88(4):201-7
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