Cosentyx

(secukinumab)

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Reduces your body's overactive immune response.

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Cosentyx (secukinumab) works well if the oral or topical medicines have not worked to control your disease, but is very expensive and increases your risk for an infection.

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Quick facts about Cosentyx
  • Drug class: autoimmune
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Less frequent dosing than other injectable medicines that work similarly.
  • No known risk for re-activation of hepatitis B infection.
  • Works better compared to other injectable medicines for psoriasis.
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Downsides

  • May worsen or begin symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Has not been proven to be safe and effective for use in children or young adults.
  • You may need special training from your doctor on how to administer this medicine.
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How it works

Cosentyx (secukinumab) is a monoclonal antibody that inactivates interleukin-17, an inflammatory signal that is overproduced in autoimmune diseases like psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis.

Quick facts about Cosentyx
  • Drug class: autoimmune
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Dosage forms

  • Injection
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What to expect when you take Cosentyx (secukinumab) for Plaque Psoriasis

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  • Possible side effects
  • Common cold
  • Diarrhea
  • Runny nose
  • Nasal or throat infection
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
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Side effect rates for Cosentyx (secukinumab)

Risks and Warnings for Cosentyx (secukinumab)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Taking a higher dose
    • History of repeating infection

    Cosentyx (secukinumab) can increase your risk of infection. Practice good hand hygiene and avoid close contact with those who are sick. Talk to your doctor if you experience a stuffy nose or cough that doesn't go away, fever, or chills.

Common concerns from people taking Cosentyx (secukinumab)

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Kidneys and liver
  • No known risk for re-activation of hepatitis B infection.