Musculoskeletal disorders

Psoriatic arthritis

About Psoriatic arthritis

Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes itchy or sore patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales. You usually get them on your elbows, knees, scalp, back, face, palms and feet, but they can show up on other parts of your body.

Some people with psoriasis have psoriatic arthritis. It causes pain, stiffness, and swelling of the joints. It is often mild, but can sometimes be serious and affect many joints. The joint and skin problems don't always happen at the same time.

Your doctor will do a physical exam and imaging tests to diagnose psoriatic arthritis. There is no cure, but medicines can help control inflammation and pain. In rare cases, you might need surgery to repair or replace damaged joints.

Top Medications for Psoriatic arthritis according to our users

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All Medications for Psoriatic arthritis

  • Immunosuppressant > Immunomodulator

    • Cimzia
      (Certolizumab)
      Prescription only

      Cimzia (Certolizumab) is an effective medicine to calm down your immune system, but it can be expensive and it requires a lot of monitoring while you're taking it.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
    • Enbrel
      (Etanercept)
      Prescription only

      Enbrel (Etanercept) is very effective at calming down your immune system, but it's expensive, you have to take into account the hassle of injections and traveling with the medication.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
    • Humira
      (Adalimumab)
      Prescription only

      Humira (Adalimumab) is very effective at calming down your immune system, but it's expensive, you have to take into account the hassle of injections and traveling with the medication.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
    • Remicade
      (Infliximab)
      Prescription only

      Remicade (Infliximab) is very effective at calming down your immune system, but you have to get each dose at your doctor's office and watch out for serious side effects.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
    • Stelara
      (Ustekinumab)
      Prescription only

      Stelara (Ustekinumab) works for two psoriatic conditions. It may be somewhat of a hassle because of the injection, but after the first two doses, you only need to take it every 12 weeks.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
  • Antirheumatic > Biological response modifier

    • Cimzia
      (Certolizumab)
      Prescription only

      Cimzia (Certolizumab) is an effective medicine to calm down your immune system, but it can be expensive and it requires a lot of monitoring while you're taking it.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
    • Enbrel
      (Etanercept)
      Prescription only

      Enbrel (Etanercept) is very effective at calming down your immune system, but it's expensive, you have to take into account the hassle of injections and traveling with the medication.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
    • Humira
      (Adalimumab)
      Prescription only

      Humira (Adalimumab) is very effective at calming down your immune system, but it's expensive, you have to take into account the hassle of injections and traveling with the medication.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
    • Remicade
      (Infliximab)
      Prescription only

      Remicade (Infliximab) is very effective at calming down your immune system, but you have to get each dose at your doctor's office and watch out for serious side effects.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection
  • Antipsoriatic > Biological response modifier

    • Stelara
      (Ustekinumab)
      Prescription only

      Stelara (Ustekinumab) works for two psoriatic conditions. It may be somewhat of a hassle because of the injection, but after the first two doses, you only need to take it every 12 weeks.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Injection

Medication side effects for Psoriatic arthritis

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for back pain.

  • Stelara: 2%
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At this end, no one is expected to have back pain

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have back pain

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Psoriatic arthritis

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • Biologics are the only thing to save your joints
  • Warm to hot water pool to soak, stretch and exercise in.
What’s your best coping strategy?
  • Slow down, you have an incurable disease to live with for the rest of your life, pace yourself!
Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Dead sea salt baths help the psoriasis, as well as witch hazel/glycerin 50/50% sprayed on psoriasis daily