Medications and Treatments

Medicines and treatments for PRP

Physicians may recommend and prescribe medications and treatments for PRP. These fall into two general categories: systemic and topical medications.

One of the more frustrating things about PRP is that treatments and medications may have variable outcomes and effectiveness. At times, they may not remain effective. For now, it is important to understand there is no known cure for PRP and scientific evidence of treatment effectiveness is limited.

Therefore, it is recommended that you learn about each specific treatment or drug under consideration because many have known risks and adverse side-effects. Please review all concerns and cautions with your doctor.

The following is an information guide:

SYSTEMICS

Prescription treatments that affects the body’s whole system – administered orally or by injection.)

RETINOIDS (vitamin A derivative)

IMMUNOSUPPRESSIVE (suppresses immune system)

CORTICOSTEROID

BIOLOGIC

Biologics are a class of medications that targets immune system responses that cause skin symptoms. Usually administered orally, by injection or by intravenous infusion.

TOPICALS

Treatment applied to local skin surface to relieve symptoms – includes creams, lotions and ointments. Prescription and non-prescription.

PRESCRIPTION

CORTICOSTEROIDS

NON-PRESCRIPTION – OVER THE COUNTER

LOTIONS, CREAMS and OILS

Moisturizers are important and helpful with PRP symptoms. Many brands and labels are available. Products contain varied combinations of oil and water with added ingredients. Moisturizers slow the process of moisture escaping from our skin.

In general, products with a higher ratio of oil-to-water are more effective. Oil and petrolatum are preferable, followed by creams and then lotions. Products containing alcohol are not helpful for moisturizing and should be avoided.

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PHOTOTHERAPY

Ultraviolet light treatment uses a particular band of the non-visible light spectrum to treat a variety of other skin diseases. It can be used alone or in combination with other medications applied directly to the skin or taken internally.

With adult forms of PRP, UV treatment should be used with caution or avoided. This form of treatment may be helpful with children and with juvenile forms of PRP, but results are not consistent.

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

There are countless alternative methods and items for treating diseases and medical conditions. Information is available from books, the internet, broadcasts and through word-of-mouth. Almost every herb or pill or therapy has some supporters; including vitamins, nutritional supplements, acupuncture, etc. Evidence supporting effectiveness is usually anecdotal.

Because some alternative approaches may be harmful when used in combination with systemic or topical medications, please check with your doctor before using these approaches.

NON-MEDICATION APPROACH

This mostly refers a choice to avoid prescribed retinoid, immunosuppressive and biologic drugs. Instead, the focus is on time-passage and the use of non-prescription topical treatments (lotions and ointments) for managing symptoms such as dryness and flaking. Individuals making this choice avoid known side-effects and risks. They await greater evidence and certainty about treatment effectiveness.