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When are oral drugs used to treat psoriasis?

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When other treatments fail, some doctors prescribe oral drugs to treat psoriasis. Some of these medications affect the immune system. One such medication, methotrexate (also used as a chemotherapy drug for cancer and for various forms of arthritis), can produce dramatic clearing of the psoriasis lesions. However, it can cause side effects, so the prescribing doctor should perform regular blood tests. Another medication of this type is cyclosporine.

SOURCES:

FDA. “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.” Kurd, S.K. , April 2008. National Cancer Institute: "Dictionary of Cancer Terms: Turmeric." National Psoriasis Foundation: "Complementary approaches: natural elements." "Over-the-counter (OTC) Topicals." University of Maryland Medical Center: "Psoriasis -- Treatment." University of Michigan Health System: "Psoriasis Topic Overview." University of Maryland Medical Center: "Aloe." University of Michigan Health System: "Psoriasis."  







Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

FDA. “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.” Kurd, S.K. , April 2008. National Cancer Institute: "Dictionary of Cancer Terms: Turmeric." National Psoriasis Foundation: "Complementary approaches: natural elements." "Over-the-counter (OTC) Topicals." University of Maryland Medical Center: "Psoriasis -- Treatment." University of Michigan Health System: "Psoriasis Topic Overview." University of Maryland Medical Center: "Aloe." University of Michigan Health System: "Psoriasis."  







Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 25, 2019

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