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What are the biologic drugs used to treat psoriasis?

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Biologic drugs may improve psoriasis if other drugs don’t help enough. They also seem to have fewer side effects than some other medications. Most of them work by suppressing your immune system, so taking them can increase risks of serious infections and even cancer. Biologics used to treat psoriasis include adalimumab (Humira), adalimumab-atto (Amjevita), brodalumab (Siliq), etanercept ( Enbrel), etanercept-szzs (Erelzi), infliximab (Remicade), ixekizumab (Taltz), risankizumab-rzaa (SKYRIZI) secukinumab (Cosentyx), and ustekinumab (Stelara). ,

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Abel, E. , April 2005. ACP Medicine

American Academy of Dermatology.

Bruce E. Strober, MD, PhD, associate director of dermatopharmacology, department of dermatology, New York University School of Medicine; co-director, Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Center.

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

Jeffrey M. Weinberg, MD, director, Clinical Research Center, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York City; assistant clinical professor of dermatology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

National Psoriasis Foundation. 

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 25, 2019

SOURCES: 

Abel, E. , April 2005. ACP Medicine

American Academy of Dermatology.

Bruce E. Strober, MD, PhD, associate director of dermatopharmacology, department of dermatology, New York University School of Medicine; co-director, Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Center.

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

Jeffrey M. Weinberg, MD, director, Clinical Research Center, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York City; assistant clinical professor of dermatology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

National Psoriasis Foundation. 

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 25, 2019

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