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Medicine reactions and psoriasis

Certain medicines can trigger psoriasis or make it worse. These include:

  • Lithium (such as Eskalith and Lithobid) used to treat bipolar disorder.
  • Beta-blockers, prescribed for treating heart problems, high blood pressure, migraine headaches, or tremor.
  • Some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and aspirin, and those available with a prescription, especially indomethacin and meclofenamate.
  • Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, used to treat malaria.

Before medicines are prescribed for you for any condition, let your doctor know that you have psoriasis.

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There isn't a cure for psoriasis, and there isn't a perfect treatment either. Treatment for psoriasis can be demanding and cause side effects.  Before treatment, you should make sure that your doctor is comfortable prescribing systemic and biologic medications when they're necessary, advises Bruce E. Strober, MD, PhD, co-director of the Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Center at New York University. He says that some doctors are reluctant to ever use these powerful drugs because of their side effects...

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Alexander H. Murray, MD, FRCPC - Dermatology
Last Revised January 6, 2010

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Last Updated: January 06, 2010
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