Starting a New Psoriasis Medication? Here’s What You Can Expect
Whether you’ve just been prescribed your first medication for psoriasis or you’re switching to a different one, it helps to know what to expect. When you’re in control of your own treatment plan, you’ll feel more in control of your overall health, and that can help make life with a chronic, unpredictable autoimmune disease a little easier.
The main categories of medications for psoriasis are:
- Topical formulas containing ingredients like steroids, coal tar and Vitamin D oral
- Oral medicines such as methotrexate (Trexall), acitretin (Soriatane), and cyclosporine (Neoral)
- Biologics which may be administered by self-injections at home or via intravenous infusions at the doctor's office
“These all have very different time lines regarding when they take effect, when they achieve the maximum improvement, and how long they sustain the improvement,” says Dr. Cristina Psomadakis, a London doctor and dermatology registrar.