Is it Safe to Take Psoriasis Medication While Pregnant or Breastfeeding?
The good news about pregnancy and psoriasis? Many women with the condition experience an improvement in their symptoms during pregnancy, studies suggest. This is believed to be due to a rise in the hormone progesterone, which weakens the overactive immune response that triggers psoriasis symptoms. But that’s not the case for everybody.
“While psoriasis does tend to improve for about half of patients during their pregnancy, some find [their condition] worsening and the options for medications are somewhat limited,” says Ava Shamban, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in Santa Monica, California.
If you need to take psoriasis medication during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, it’s important to work with your doctor and dermatologist to manage your symptoms in the safest way possible. Although some treatments are completely safe, others come with serious risks and should be avoided.