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When should you ask your doctor for prescription medication for psoriasis on your face?

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If these treatments don't help, ask your doctor if you should take prescription pills or shots for your condition. These include apremilast (Otezla),  cyclosporine (Neoral), low-dose retinoids, methotrexate (Trexall), and biologics such as adalimumab (Humira), adalimumab-atto (Amjevita), a biosimilar to Humira, brodalumad (Sliq), etanercept (Enbrel), entanercept-szzs (Erlizi), infliximab (Remicade), risankizumab-rzaa (SKYRIZI), secukinumab (Cosentyx), and ustekinumab (Stelara). Each works differently, but can be helpful for moderate to severe psoriasis.

SOURCES:

The Psoriasis Association: "Psoriasis in Sensitive Areas."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Specific locations: Face."

Ortonne, J. , 2010. Eur J Dermatol

Yamamoto, T. . European Journal of Dermatology

FDA: "Elidel (pimecrolimus), Protopic (tacrolimus)."

FDA. “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 26, 2019

SOURCES:

The Psoriasis Association: "Psoriasis in Sensitive Areas."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Specific locations: Face."

Ortonne, J. , 2010. Eur J Dermatol

Yamamoto, T. . European Journal of Dermatology

FDA: "Elidel (pimecrolimus), Protopic (tacrolimus)."

FDA. “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 26, 2019

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