There are a lot of treatments available for psoriatic arthritis (PsA), so it may feel a bit overwhelming to think about them all.1 If you also have psoriasis (PsO), you may also need treatment for skin lesions.2 Different treatments work in different ways and are suitable for different situations,3 so it’s important to work with your healthcare professional to find what’s right for you.
Find out more about what's out there for PsA, and for PsO:
NSAIDs are a large group of anti-inflammatory drugs that can be gotten over-the-counter or through a prescription from your doctor.
Conventional synthetic DMARDs slow or prevent inflammation that damages joints and skin. A biologic may be used with a conventional DMARD to manage symptoms.
Targeted synthetic DMARDs, including PDE4is and JAKis, also slow or prevent inflammation, but they target specific parts and pathways in the immune system rather than having a widespread effect, like conventional DMARDs.
Biological medications are a type of non-synthetic DMARD, or disease-modifying drug, used to treat PsA and PsO. They target specific parts of the immune system.
There are several different types of biological treatment currently approved to treat PsA and PsO:
If you’re going to be taking a biologic, you will probably need to be tested for tuberculosis (TB) and have blood tests before and during treatment.7
If you also have PsO (psoriasis), topical therapy is usually the first treatment used for mild cases. There is a wide variety available, including:
If you also have skin plaques, topical treatments containing emollients may hydrate the skin and stop it drying out, or contain other ingredients, like vitamin D, coal tar or corticosteroids, but can take time to apply.
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