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Psoriatic Arthritis: Medical Treatments

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Biologics: High-Powered DMARDs continued...

They're expensive, and they may have side effects or risks. You may feel dizziness, sore throat, cough, stomach pain, headache, nose irritation, upper respiratory infections like colds, or have a reaction where you get your shot.

Biologics can lower your immune system's response. So if you’re taking one, let your doctor know if you get an infection like the flu. It’s also easier for you to develop tuberculosis (TB). You will be tested for it before starting your biologic and monitored while you’re on it. A biologic can also raise your chances of getting lymphoma, a blood cancer, although this is rare.

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Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on June 16, 2014
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