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Do I need to stop taking my psoriasis medication while trying to get pregnant and while pregnant?

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Some psoriasis treatments aren’t safe to take before you’re pregnant, during pregnancy, or while you’re breastfeeding. Ask your doctor whether you or your partner need to stop certain medications.

Among the medications doctor say you you shouldn't use:

Make sure to talk to your doctor if you use:

  • Oral retinoids
  • Isotretinoin (Amnesteem, Myorisan, Sotret)
  • Topical retinoids
  • Methotrexate (Rheumatrex)
  • Psoralen plus ultraviolet A (PUVA)
  • Calcipotriene (Calcitrene, Dovonex, Sorilux)
  • Cyclosporine
  • Coal tar
  • Strong doses of topical steroids

SOURCES:

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Calcipotriene.”

BMJ: “Management of psoriasis in pregnancy.”

Brazilian Annals of Dermatology: “Treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis during pregnancy and breastfeeding.”

FDA.gov: “Draft Guidance on Tazarotene.”

Mayo Clinic: “Psoriasis.”

Medscape: “Psoriasis and the Pregnant Woman.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Treatment with Systemics,” “Treatment with Topicals During Pregnancy.”

The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: “Fertility, Conception, and Pregnancy.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 5, 2017

SOURCES:

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Calcipotriene.”

BMJ: “Management of psoriasis in pregnancy.”

Brazilian Annals of Dermatology: “Treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis during pregnancy and breastfeeding.”

FDA.gov: “Draft Guidance on Tazarotene.”

Mayo Clinic: “Psoriasis.”

Medscape: “Psoriasis and the Pregnant Woman.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Treatment with Systemics,” “Treatment with Topicals During Pregnancy.”

The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: “Fertility, Conception, and Pregnancy.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 5, 2017

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