Rashidul Hasan MD, BBSKomal Agarwal MDIndrashis Podder MD, DNBAngelica Misitzis DRobert A. Schwartz MDUwe Wollina MDTorello Lotti MDStephan Grabbe MDMohamad Goldust MD

07 February 2021

https://doi.org/10.1111/ijd.15330

 

Abstract

Patients with vitiligo often seek medical attention, as it diminishes their quality of life resulting in significant morbidity. Several topical and systemic therapies are in vogue targeting the immunological aspect of this disease, but results are often unsatisfactory, and complete cure remains elusive. Recently, simvastatin, a 3-hydroxy-3-methylyglutaryl-coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase inhibitor, is being evaluated for vitiligo management because of its multimodal action, easy availability, and low cost. The proposed multimodal actions range from anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, to immunomodulatory properties which may be of therapeutic benefit in vitiligo patients. The authors intend to evaluate the role of simvastatin as a novel therapeutic agent for vitiligo along with relevant review of literature.