4 Things to Do Before Taking Vitamins for Psoriasis
Have you ever wondered if adding a vitamin or supplement to your psoriasis treatment regimen could help you have fewer or less severe flare-ups? The truthful answer is that it might not—the data to support the use of vitamins and supplements in psoriasis isn’t quite there yet. But some people with the condition have found success with them, so you might find they’re worth a shot. Before you stock your medicine cabinet with dietary supplements, there are a few things to do and to consider.
1. Talk to Your Doctor or Pharmacist
Before you hop on the supplement train, it’s important to discuss what could be beneficial to take with your doctor or pharmacist first. “If you’re on other medications, certain vitamins and supplements can interact with those meds,” explains Morgan Herring, Pharm.D., Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and clinical associate professor at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in Iowa City. “Don’t be afraid that your doctor or pharmacist will judge you, or force you to stop taking any supplements—we really just want to make sure we’re thorough and check for potential interactions that can be ineffective or even cause you harm.”
Your care team can also recommend specific supplements that you should be taking. “There may be cases where, if you are taking a certain medication, it’s depleting your levels of certain vitamins and minerals, so getting supplementation can actually help,” adds Danielle Currey, N.D., a naturopathic physician based in Troutdale, Oregon, who herself has both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.