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What medications can make psoriasis worse?

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Some medications can make psoriasis worse. These include:

  • Lithium, which treats bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses
  • High blood pressure and heart medicines, including propranolol (Inderal) and other beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, and quinidine
  • Antimalarial medicines, including chloroquine, and hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil), and quinacrine
  • Indomethacin (Indocin), which treats inflammation

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Psoriasis Causes and Known Triggers," "Genes and Psoriasis," "Stress," "How Cigarettes and Alcohol Affect Psoriasis," "Pregnancy and Nursing."

NHS Choices: "Psoriasis - Causes."

Medscape: "Dermatological Management of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)."

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Palmoplantar Pustulosis."

Ceovic, R. BioMed Research International, 2013.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on August 24, 2020

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Psoriasis Causes and Known Triggers," "Genes and Psoriasis," "Stress," "How Cigarettes and Alcohol Affect Psoriasis," "Pregnancy and Nursing."

NHS Choices: "Psoriasis - Causes."

Medscape: "Dermatological Management of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)."

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Palmoplantar Pustulosis."

Ceovic, R. BioMed Research International, 2013.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on August 24, 2020

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