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Let's Talk About Psoriasis Medications

When you're dealing with this challenging skin condition, you want it to go away—stat! Fortunately, you have multiple ways to make that happen.

    Our Pro PanelPsoriasis Medications

    We went to some of the nation's top psoriasis experts to bring you the most scientific and up-to-date information possible.

    April W. Armstrong, M.D. headshot.

    April W. Armstrong, M.D.Professor of Dermatology, Associate Dean for Clinical Research and Psoriasis Program Director

    Keck School of Medicine and Department of Dermatology at the University of Southern California (USC)
    Los Angeles, CA
    Mark Lebwohl, M.D.

    Mark Lebwohl, M.D.Chairman of the Kimberly and Eric J. Waldman Department of Dermatology

    Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
    New York, NY
    Jeremy Fenton, M.D.

    Jeremy Fenton, M.D.Medical Director for Schweiger Dermatology Group, Clinical Instructor

    Mt. Sinai
    New York, NY
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    Frequently Asked QuestionsPsoriasis Medications

    Can you take psoriasis meds if you’re pregnant?

    Some medications are safe to take while pregnant or breastfeeding, while others, such as methotrexate, should be avoided. Discuss your options with your doctor so you can create a customized treatment plan.

    Are there offbeat treatments that work?

    You may be desperate to try anything to soothe your skin, but skip the fad diets, tanning beds, and Vicks VapoRub—there’s little to no research verifying their efficacy, and they can irritate or dry out your skin.

    Can I take one medication for both my psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis?

    Yes. Many of the medications are approved for both conditions, including the Cimzia, Enbrel, Humira, Stelara, Remicade, Cosentyx, methotrexate, Otezla, and systemic steroids.

    Do biologics stop working after a while?

    Some people notice their biologic doesn’t work as well over time. Experts say your body may have outsmarted the drug by creating antibodies against it. If your psoriasis is no longer responding to a certain drug, your doctor will likely switch you to something else.

    Krista Bennett DeMaio

    Krista Bennett DeMaio

    @Kbdemaio

    Krista Bennett DeMaio is a health and beauty writer living in Huntington, NY with her husband and three daughters.