QIs there data on oral cimetidine for widespread molluscum lesions?
Molluscum contagiosum, manifesting most commonly in children, is caused by a pox virus.1 Treatments commonly include liquid nitrogen, topical tretinoin and also as been treated with cimetidine. At a dose of 30–40 mg/kg/day, oral cimetidine has been used in children and adults.2 In two patients, one with 60 lesions and the other with 200 lesions, cimetidine at 40 mg/kg/day in four divided doses for six weeks cleared all lesions.3 However, other studies find it ineffective.4 There is no evidence from double-blind, placebo-controlled studies that cimetidine clears molluscum contagiosum.5 I always reassure my patients that even without treatment, most cases resolve on their own within 2 years.
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