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When are systemic drugs used to treat psoriasis?

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If you have moderate to severe psoriasis, your doctor may suggest systemic drugs, or medicines that affect your entire body. They're typically used when the skin condition covers more than 5% to 10% of your body and other methods haven't worked, like phototherapy and treatments you apply to your skin, such as creams, ointments, solutions, and foams.

From: Other Medications for Psoriasis WebMD Medical Reference

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Abel, E. "Psoriasis," , BC Decker, 2005. ACP Medicine

American Academy of Dermatology.

American College of Rheumatology: "Psoriatic Arthritis."

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National Psoriasis Foundation.

Strober, Bruce E., MD, PhD, associate professor, vice chairman, director of clinical trials, department of dermatology, University of Connecticut; consultant to NexGenix Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Amgen, Biogen, Genentech, Fujisawa, and 3M.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 12, 2018

SOURCES:

Abel, E. "Psoriasis," , BC Decker, 2005. ACP Medicine

American Academy of Dermatology.

American College of Rheumatology: "Psoriatic Arthritis."

FDA. "FDA approves new psoriasis drug Taltz," “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade,” “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

Jeffrey M. Weinberg, MD, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, New York; associate clinical professor of dermatology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; consultant to Amgen and Genentech.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

National Psoriasis Foundation.

Strober, Bruce E., MD, PhD, associate professor, vice chairman, director of clinical trials, department of dermatology, University of Connecticut; consultant to NexGenix Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Amgen, Biogen, Genentech, Fujisawa, and 3M.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 12, 2018

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