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What are some side effects of medication for psoriatic arthritis?

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Many meds that treat psoriatic arthritis make a big difference, but they all have risks.

For instance, NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), like naproxen or ibuprofen, can make stomach irritation and bleeding more likely. Methotrexate, which is prescribed for many types of arthritis, can damage the liver. Because medicines called biologics work on your immune system, they can make serious infections more likely.

Let your doctor know if you have side effects from your medication.

SOURCES:

American College of Rheumatology.

National Psoriasis Foundation.

Philip Mease, MD, Seattle Rheumatology Associates.

John Hardin, MD, chief scientific officer, Arthritis Foundation; professor of medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City.

Arthritis Foundation.

Mark Lebwohl, MD, professor and chairman of dermatology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center.

Tilling, L.  , 2006. Clinical Drug Investigation

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 17, 2018

SOURCES:

American College of Rheumatology.

National Psoriasis Foundation.

Philip Mease, MD, Seattle Rheumatology Associates.

John Hardin, MD, chief scientific officer, Arthritis Foundation; professor of medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City.

Arthritis Foundation.

Mark Lebwohl, MD, professor and chairman of dermatology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center.

Tilling, L.  , 2006. Clinical Drug Investigation

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 17, 2018

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