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Which medications should you avoid to prevent psoriasis flare-ups?

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Avoid medications that cause psoriasis flare-ups. Let your doctor know about all the medications you take, even over-the-counter ones. Ask if they could affect your psoriasis. Drugs that are known to make things worse include:

If you're using any of these medications, ask your doctor about substitutes.

  • Lithium, used to treat psychiatric disorders
  • Propranolol and possibly other beta-blockers, which are prescribed for heart conditions
  • Quinidine (Cardioquin or Quinidex), medications for heart arrhythmias

From: 10 Tips to Prevent Psoriasis Flare-Ups WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Bruce E. Strober, MD, PhD, associate director of dermatopharmacology, Department of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine; co-director of the Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Center; consultant for Amgen, Biogen, Genentech, Fujisawa, and 3-M.

Jeffrey M. Weinberg, MD, director of the Clinical Research Center, St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York City; associate clinical professor of dermatology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; consultant for Amgen and Genentech.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "What Is Psoriasis?"

American Academy of Dermatology: "Psoriasis."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Psoriasis," "How Cigarettes and Alcohol Affect Psoriasis" and "Weight loss greatly improved psoriasis."

Abel, E. "Dermatology III: Psoriaisis ACP Medicine, April, 2005.

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on October 2, 2018

SOURCES:

Bruce E. Strober, MD, PhD, associate director of dermatopharmacology, Department of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine; co-director of the Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Center; consultant for Amgen, Biogen, Genentech, Fujisawa, and 3-M.

Jeffrey M. Weinberg, MD, director of the Clinical Research Center, St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York City; associate clinical professor of dermatology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; consultant for Amgen and Genentech.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "What Is Psoriasis?"

American Academy of Dermatology: "Psoriasis."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Psoriasis," "How Cigarettes and Alcohol Affect Psoriasis" and "Weight loss greatly improved psoriasis."

Abel, E. "Dermatology III: Psoriaisis ACP Medicine, April, 2005.

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on October 2, 2018

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