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Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume 39, n° 3
pages 447-450 (septembre 1998)
Doi : 10.1016/S0190-9622(98)70323-8
Calcipotriene ointment and halobetasol ointment in the long-term treatment of psoriasis: Effects on the duration of improvement

Mark Lebwohl, MD, Ayelet Yoles, BS, Kathleen Lombardi, BS, Wendy Lou, PhD
Mount Sinai Medical Center. New York, New York 


Background: Weekend therapy with superpotent topical corticosteroids has been used for the long-term treatment of psoriasis. Recently, calcipotriene ointment has been added to this regimen for use on weekdays, but there are no long-term studies of that combination. Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine whether the addition of weekday calcipotriene to a pulse therapy regimen of weekend superpotent corticosteroids results in a longer duration of remission of plaque psoriasis. Subjects: This was a double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study. Forty-four patients with mild to moderate psoriasis were treated with calcipotriene ointment in the morning and halobetasol ointment in the evening for 2 weeks. Thereafter, 40 patients who were at least moderately (50% or greater) improved were randomized to 2 treatment groups. After 2 weeks of treatment with calcipotriene ointment in the morning and halobetasol ointment in the evening, 20 patients were randomized to receive halobetasol ointment twice daily on weekends and calcipotriene ointment twice daily on weekdays, and 20 patients were randomized to receive halobetasol ointment twice daily on weekends and placebo ointment twice daily on weekdays. Results: Seventy-six percent of patients applying halobetasol ointments on weekends and calcipotriene ointment on weekdays were able to maintain remission for 6 months compared with 40% of patients applying halobetasol ointment on weekends only with the vehicle on weekdays. Conclusion: The addition of calcipotriene ointment applied on weekdays to a weekend pulse therapy regimen of superpotent corticosteroids can increase the duration of remission of psoriasis. (J Am Acad Dermatol 1998;39:447-50.)

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 Supported by a grant from Westwood-Squibb Pharmaceuticals.
 Reprint requests: Mark Lebwohl, MD, Mount Sinai Medical Center, One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1048, New York, NY 10029.
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