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Psoriasis - Medications

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Topical medicines used with ultraviolet (UV) light

  • Psoralen and UVA light (called PUVA)
  • Tars and UVB light (called Goeckerman treatment)
  • Anthralin and UVB light (called the Ingram regimen)

Pills

Biologics

Biologics used to treat psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis include adalimumab (Humira) and other medicines, such as etanercept (Enbrel), infliximab (Remicade), and ustekinumab (Stelara).

What to think about

Some medicines used to treat psoriasis can cause serious side effects. You and your doctor will discuss how long to use treatments that could cause harm. You will also need to see your doctor regularly and may have blood tests while using some medicines.

Many oral or injected medicines used to treat psoriasis aren't safe during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor before taking any medicines.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: January 09, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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