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
"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
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