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How are systemic drugs used to treat plaque psoriasis?

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If you have a severe case of plaque psoriasis, you may need medicines that work throughout your body. They calm your immune system or make your skin cells grow more slowly. But they can cause serious side effects, like depression, aggressive thoughts, liver problems, or a higher risk of skin cancer. You take systemic drugs like acitretin, cyclosporine, and methotrexate by pill, or your doctor will give you a shot.

From: What Is Plaque Psoriasis? WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Dermatology: "Psoriasis."

Medscape: "FDA OKs Biologic Guselkumab (Tremfya) for Plaque Psoriasis." "Plaque Psoriasis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Psoriasis."

National Psoriasis Foundation.

UpToDate: "Treatment of psoriasis."

Weigle, N., May 2013. American Family Physician,

 

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Psoriasis."

Medscape: "FDA OKs Biologic Guselkumab (Tremfya) for Plaque Psoriasis." "Plaque Psoriasis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Psoriasis."

National Psoriasis Foundation.

UpToDate: "Treatment of psoriasis."

Weigle, N., May 2013. American Family Physician,

 

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 25, 2019

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