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How are steroids used to treat psoriatic arthritis?

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Corticosteroids are powerful anti-inflammatory drugs that relieve severe pain and swelling. You take them by mouth or inject them directly into a joint or muscle. They're not the same as the muscle-building type of anabolic steroids. Prednisone is a common steroid. It can help for a short time, but it might make the skin rash worse. Doctors prescribe steroids only when you really need them. If you use them for a long time, you could have serious side effects such as brittle bones, weight gain, hypertension and diabetes.

From: Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Sharon Mayo, Health Educator, National Psoriasis Foundation

Alice Gottlieb, MD, PhD, Dermatologist-in-Chief, Tufts Medical Center

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Psoriatic Arthritis” “Psoriatic Arthritis Treatments”

American College of Rheumatology: “NSAIDS: Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Guidelines of care for the management of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.”

MedLine Plus Medical Encyclopedia: “Diclofenac and misoprostol.”

Johnston, BL and Conly, JM. , July-August 2006. Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology

UpToDate: "Treatment of psoriatic arthritis."

Schett, G. , October 2010. Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease

 FDA. “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.” “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 29, 2019

SOURCES:

Sharon Mayo, Health Educator, National Psoriasis Foundation

Alice Gottlieb, MD, PhD, Dermatologist-in-Chief, Tufts Medical Center

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Psoriatic Arthritis” “Psoriatic Arthritis Treatments”

American College of Rheumatology: “NSAIDS: Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Guidelines of care for the management of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.”

MedLine Plus Medical Encyclopedia: “Diclofenac and misoprostol.”

Johnston, BL and Conly, JM. , July-August 2006. Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology

UpToDate: "Treatment of psoriatic arthritis."

Schett, G. , October 2010. Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease

 FDA. “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.” “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 29, 2019

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