Corticosteroids, which are the most
common treatment for psoriasis. Betamethasone is an
example of a topical corticosteroid.
is a form of vitamin D.
Retinoids, which are medicines related
to vitamin A. An example is tazarotene.
tars. The use of anthralin and tars has decreased
recently, replaced by other medicines such as calcipotriene and
Topical medicines used with ultraviolet (UV) light
Psoralen and UVA light (called
Tars and UVB light (called
Anthralin and UVB light (called the Ingram
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
July 17, 2014
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