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Cholesterol Drugs May Treat Psoriasis

Study Shows People Taking Statins Have Less Severe Psoriasis

Statins Reduce Inflammation continued...

The International Psoriasis Council, of which Menter is a member, is considering such a study, he says.

Robert Kalb, MD, clinical professor of dermatology at the State University of New York, Buffalo, tells WebMD that many people with psoriasis also have high cholesterol or other risk factors for heart disease and stroke that may require statin therapy.

"So it certainly makes sense to use statins in these patients," he says. "But at this point, I wouldn't put a psoriasis patient on statins to improve symptoms."

"If it turns out that statins lower psoriasis risk, that will be great for patients. We can put them on one drug not only to help improve psoriasis symptoms but also to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease," Kerry says.

The researchers didn't find out whether the dose or type of statin drug affected the results.

Statin drugs include Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor, Pravachol, Mevacor, and Lescol.

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