Levamisole as an immunostimulatory agent in clinical practice

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Abstract

The immunological effects of levamisole are described. Levamisole as an immuno-stimulatory agent provides the basis for a wide range of clinical use. The experience gained in clinical practice is detailed. Literature data of more than 6 thousand cases give evidence of levamisole's influence on immunology processes (mainly in immuno-deficiency and in autoimmune diseases and in chronic and recidive infections), and its use in adjuvant treatment of malignant diseases. In rheumatoid arthritis, levamisole seems to be outstandingly effective. A number of other aspects of levamisole treatment are also described, such as dosage, indications, the need of regular checkups during treatment, etc. Therapeutic effects can be expected only in diseases in which immune stimulation might be supposed as having a beneficial effect on the pathological immune mechanism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-211
Number of pages15
JournalMagyar Reumatologia
Volume22
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1981

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology

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