Treatment of eruptive lichen planus with oral acyclovir

Aliya Akhtar, Nighat Fatima, Farah Sattar, Shazia Zubair, Sumara Rashid, Mehwish Saeed


Objective To measure the efficacy of oral acyclovir for treatment of eruptive lichen planus.


Methods This quasi experimental study was done in outpatient department of Dermatology, Nishtar Medical University, Multan, from 01-05-2018 to 31-10-2018. Total thirty patients of eruptive lichen planus of either sex and age ranging from 18 – 65 years were included in this study. They were given oral acyclovir 400 mg three times a day for six weeks. Patients were followed up at three and six weeks and then up to three months to find out the efficacy of treatment.


Results A total of 30 patients were enrolled in the study with mean age of 37.76%±13.92. Males were 46.66% and females were 53.33%. 23 out of total 30 (76.7%) patients showed effective response to oral acyclovir.


Conclusion Oral Acyclovir is an effective and innovative treatment for eruptive lichen planus.



Key Words:Lichen planus (LP);Hepatitis B virus(HBV);Hepatitis C virus(HCV);Diabetes mellitus (DM);Upper respiratory tract infection(URTI).

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