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How do drugs that turn down your immune system treat eczema?

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Drugs that suppress immune system activity -- including cyclosporine, methotrexate, and mycophenolate mofetil -- help keep your body's defenses from over-reacting. You can take them as pills, liquids, or as a shot. They can help people with moderate-to-severe eczema when other treatments haven’t worked. Serious side effects include high blood pressure and kidney problems. You should take these medicines only for a short time to limit the risk for these problems.

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Atopic Dermatitis."

Buys, L. February 15, 2007 American Family Physician;

EczemaNet: "Eczema Treatments."

PubmedHealth: "Atopic Eczema."

EczemaNet: "Bathing and Moisturizing Guidelines."

EczemaNet: "Preventing Flare-Ups."

EczemaNet: "Medications and Other Therapies for Eczema."

Patel, T. 2007. American Journal of Clinical Dermatology;

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on March 19, 2017

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Atopic Dermatitis."

Buys, L. February 15, 2007 American Family Physician;

EczemaNet: "Eczema Treatments."

PubmedHealth: "Atopic Eczema."

EczemaNet: "Bathing and Moisturizing Guidelines."

EczemaNet: "Preventing Flare-Ups."

EczemaNet: "Medications and Other Therapies for Eczema."

Patel, T. 2007. American Journal of Clinical Dermatology;

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on March 19, 2017

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