By Gary M. White, MD

Note, this is a brief summary only and is meant to emphasize dermatologic aspects. More complete information, including the package insert and recent studies should be consulted before prescribing.

Tofacitinib is a an oral Janus kinase inhibitor and is often given 5-10 mg po BID.

Adverse Events

Infection, e.g. herpes zoster.


Oral tofacitinib 10 mg po BID for 24 weeks has efficacy similar to etanercept--59% PASI 75 at week 16 [British Journal of Dermatology 2015;173;949–961 and JAAD 2016;74;841.

Alopecia Areata

A patient with alopecia universalis grew all his hair with tofacitinib at 10 mg daily (J Invest Dermatol. 2014 Jun 18.).

Atopic Dermatitis

The Scoring of AD index decreased by 66.6% in 6 patients with AD treated with tofacitinib [JAAD 2015;73;395–399].


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