Topical methylprednisolone aceponate and dexpanthenol in the treatment of patients with atopic dermatitis

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The goals of the topical treatment of patients suffering from atopic dermatitis are suppression of the inflammatory reaction in the skin, elimination of itching, and recovery of the damaged protective lipid barrier of the epidermis. In this connection, topical glucocorticosteroids and skin moisturizers are used in the therapy of patients suffering from atopic dermatitis. Methylprednisolone aceponate (MPA, Advantan) being a topical glucocorticosteroid is characterized by high efficacy and safety. MPA is marked by the fast development of the therapeutic effect. This drug can be used for children older than 4 months and can be applied once a day. The availability of four dosage forms of MPA (emulsion, cream, ointment and fatty ointment) enables physicians to select a therapy with the use of this drug depending on the stage and localization of the skin lesion. Dexpanthenol (Bepanthen) being a tissue repair stimulator moisturizes the skin, protects the skin against an irritant effect, and restores the protective lipid barrier of the epidermis. The use of a combination of MPA being a topical glucocorticosteroid and dexpanthenol being a tissue repair stimulator can enhance the efficacy of the treatment of patients suffering from atopic dermatitis.

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V. V. Chikin

State Research Center of Dermatovenereology and Cosmetology, Ministry of Healthcare of the Russian Federation

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