Treatments for Psoriasis

Below is a listing of treatments and therapies for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Click on one to read more information or connect with others currently using it.

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Accupressure

Overview
Acupressure is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practice that has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide range of illnesses. Some people with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis have utiliz... read more

Acthar Gel (Repository corticotropin hormone)

Overview

Acthar Gel is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat conditions including multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus. Acthar Gel is also ... read more

Acupuncture

Overview
Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practice that has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide range of illnesses. Some people with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis have utiliz... read more

Advil (Ibuprofen)

Overview

Advil is an over-the-counter medication used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. It is also known by its drug name, Ibuprofen, and the brand name Motrin. Stronger doses of Advil are available by... read more

Alclometasone

Overview
Alclometasone is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat skin inflammation associated with psoriasis and various other skin conditions in adults and child... read more

Aleve (Naproxen)

Overview

Aleve is an over-the-counter medication used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. It is also known by its drug name, Naproxen. Stronger doses of Naproxen are available by prescription. Aleve is u... read more

Amjevita (Adalimumab-atto)

Overview
Amjevita is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat active psoriatic arthritis and moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis in adults. Amjevita may be ... read more

Arava (Leflunomide)

Overview

Arava, also known by its drug name, Leflunomide, is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1998 to treat joint pain, swelling, and stiffness associated with ... read more

Arthrotec (Diclofenac/Misoprostol)

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Arthrotec is a prescription medication that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1997 to treat people with certain forms of arthritis. Arthrotec is prescribed for those who have... read more

Cimzia (Certolizumab pegol)

Overview

Cimzia is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating active psoriatic arthritis in adults 18 years and older. Cimzia may be prescribed alone or with Me... read more

Clinoril (Sulindac)

Overview

Clinoril is a prescription medication that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1978 to treat several forms of arthritis. It is also known by its drug name, Sulindac. Clinoril i... read more

Cordran (Flurandrenolide)

Overview
Flurandrenolide is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat skin inflammation, crusting, and scaling associated with psoriasis and other skin conditions.
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Corticosteroids

Corticosteroids
Corticosteroids are prescription medications used to control pain, swelling, stiffness, and disease progression in psoriatic arthritis and other conditions associated with joint inflammation.
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Cosentyx (Secukinumab)

Overview
Cosentyx is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat adults 18 and older who have active psoriatic arthritis or moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. Cosent... read more

Cyclosporine

Overview
Cyclosporine is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis and prevent the rejection of transplanted organs. Cyclosporine is sol... read more

Daypro (Oxaprozin)

Overview
Daypro is a prescription medication that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1992 to treat certain forms of arthritis. It is also known by its drug name, oxaprozin. Daypro is use... read more

Desonate (Desonide)

Overview
Desonate is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1972. Desonate is used to treat skin inflammation associated with psoriasis and various other skin condition... read more

Diet

Overview

Like everyone else, people with psoriasis feel their best when they consistently eat a healthy, balanced diet. There is no specific diet for psoriasis, but many physicians and researchers studying t... read more

Dovonex (Calcipotriene)

Overview
Dovonex is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1993. Dovonex is used to treat plaque psoriasis and psoriasis affecting hair and nails. Dovonex is also known... read more

Duobrii (Halobetasol propionate/Tazarotene)

Overview
Duobrii is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat plaque psoriasis in people age 18 and older. Duobrii is a combination drug composed of Halobetasol propiona... read more

Elidel (Pimecrolimus)

Overview
Elidel is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2001. Elidel is approved to treat mild-to-moderate atopic dermatitis in people ages two years and older. In ca... read more

Elocon (Mometasone)

Overview
Elocon is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat skin conditions associated with inflammation and itching. Elocon is appropriate for people age 2 and old... read more

Enbrel (Etanercept)

Overview
Enbrel, also known by its drug name, Etanercept, is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2004 to treat people 18 and older who have moderate to severe psoria... read more

Erelzi (Etanercept-szzs)

Overview
Erelzi is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat psoriatic arthritis and moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis in adults. Erelzi may be referred to... read more

Exercise

Overview
According to a recent article, people with psoriasis are less likely to exercise than those without psoriasis. Pain, stiffness, and swelling lead many people with psoriatic arthritis to give up on exe... read more

Feldene (Piroxicam)

Overview
Feldene is a prescription medication that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1982 to treat forms of arthritis. Feldene is also known by its drug name, piroxicam. Feldene is used... read more

Halog (Halcinonide)

Overview
Halcinonide is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat skin conditions associated with inflammation and itching.

Halcinonide is a high-potency cortico... read more

Humira (Adalimumab)

Overview
Humira is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis and active psoriatic arthritis. Humira may be pr... read more

Ibuprofen

Overview
Ibuprofen is an over-the-counter medication used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. It is also known by its brand names, Advil and Motrin. Stronger doses of ibuprofen are available by prescriptio... read more

Ilumya (Tildrakizumab-asmn)

Overview
Ilumya is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in cases where systemic therapy or phototherapy are warranted. Ilumya is also refe... read more

Imuran (Azathioprine)

Overview
Imuran, also known by its drug name, Azathioprine, is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1968 to help prevent rejection in people who had kidney transplant... read more

Indocin (Indomethacin)

Overview
Indocin is a prescription medication that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1965 to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. It is also known by its drug name, Indomethacin. Indoci... read more

Inflectra (Infliximab-dyyb)

Overview
Inflectra is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of active psoriatic arthritis and chronic severe plaque psoriasis. In cases of plaque psoria... read more

Kenalog (Triamcinolone acetonide)

Overview
Kenalog is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat skin inflammation, crusting, and scaling associated with psoriasis and other skin conditions. Kenalog m... read more

Laser treatments

Overview
Phototherapy involves the use of different types of light to treat plaque psoriasis. Laser treatment is a type of phototherapy that uses special lasers to treat affected skin and improve psoriasis sym... read more

Lodine (Etodolac)

Overview
Lodine is a prescription medication that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1991 to treat several forms of arthritis. It is also known by its drug name, Etodolac. Lodine is used... read more

Luxiq (Betamethasone)

Overview
Luxiq is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat scalp conditions associated with inflammation and itching. Luxiq is also known by its drug name, Betameth... read more

Meclomen (Meclofenamate)

Overview

Meclomen is a prescription medication that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1980 to treat several forms of arthritis. It is also known by its drug name, Meclofenamate. Meclo... read more

Mobic (Meloxicam)

Overview

Mobic is a prescription medication that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 to treat several forms of arthritis. It is also known by its drug name, Meloxicam. Mobic is use... read more

Moisturizers

Overview

Moisturizers, which include lotions, creams, and ointments, are an important part of psoriasis treatment. These over-the-counter products soothe itching, redness, and dryness and can help prevent yo... read more

Motrin (Ibuprofen)

Overview

Motrin is an over-the-counter medication used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. It is also known by its drug name, Ibuprofen, and the brand name Advil. Stronger doses of Motrin are available b... read more

Neoral (Cyclosporine)

Overview
Gengraf is a prescription medication originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1983. Gengraf is approved to treat severe psoriasis in adults who do not respond to other treatmen... read more

Orencia (Abatacept)

Overview
Orencia is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat active psoriatic arthritis in adults. Orencia may be referred to by its drug name, Abatacept.

Orenc... read more

Orudis (Ketoprofen)

Overview

Orudis is a prescription medication that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1986 to treat chronic pain and some forms of arthritis. It is also known by its drug name, Ketoprof... read more

Otezla (Apremilast)

Overview

Otezla is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat active psoriatic arthritis and moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in adults 18 and older. Otezla is a... read more

Otrexup (Methotrexate)

Overview
Otrexup is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to control the symptoms of severe, disabling psoriasis that is resistant to treatment. Otrexup may be prescribed in ad... read more

Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine)

Overview

Plaquenil is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1955. Plaquenil is sometimes prescribed to treat inflammation in people with psoriatic arthritis. Plaquen... read more

Protopic (Tacrolimus)

Overview

Protopic is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000. Protopic is approved to treat moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis in people ages two years and olde... read more

Psoralen + UVA (PUVA)

Overview

Natural sunlight is composed of both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) light. UVA light penetrates the skin... read more

Psoriasin (Coal tar)

Overview
Coal tar is a topical, over-the-counter treatment approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat psoriasis. Coal tar is often used as an ingredient in creams, foams, soaps, and shampoos, ... read more

Rasuvo (Methotrexate)

Overview
Rasuvo is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to control the symptoms of severe, disabling psoriasis that is resistant to treatment. Rasuvo may be prescribed in adul... read more

Relafen (Nabumetone)

Overview

Relafen is a prescription medication that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1991 to treat certain forms of arthritis. It is also known by its drug name, Nabumetone. Relafen i... read more

Remicade (Infliximab)

Overview
Remicade is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis and for chronic severe plaque psoriasis in people who are candidates f... read more

Remsima (Infliximab)

Overview
Remsima is a prescription medication approved by the European Medicines Agency for the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in adults who have not responded to or cannot take systemic ther... read more

Renflexis (Infliximab-abda)

Overview
Renflexis is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat active psoriatic arthritis and chronic severe plaque psoriasis in people who are candidates for syste... read more

Salicylic acid

Overview

Salicylic acid is a topical, over-the-counter treatment approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat psoriasis. Salicylic acid is often used as an ingredient in creams, lotions, soaps... read more

Siliq (Brodalumab)

Overview
Siliq is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat moderate to severe psoriasis in adult patients. Siliq may be prescribed in cases where systemic therapy and pho... read more

Simponi (Golimumab)

Overview
Simponi is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat adults with active psoriatic arthritis. Simponi is also referred to by its drug name, Golimumab. Golimumab is also sold under the... read more

Simponi Aria (Golimumab)

Overview
Simponi Aria is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat adults with active psoriatic arthritis. Simponi Aria is also referred to by its drug name, Golimumab. Golimumab is also sold... read more

Skyrizi (Risankizumab-rzaa)

Overview
Skyrizi is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in cases where systemic therapy or phototherapy are app... read more

Soriatane (Acitretin)

Overview

Soriatane is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996 for the treatment of severe psoriasis in adults 18 and older. Soriatane is prescribed for all types ... read more

Stelara (Ustekinumab)

Overview
Stelara is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat adults 18 and older who have moderate to severe plaque psoriasis or active psoriatic arthritis. Stelara... read more

Stress management

Overview

Many people with psoriasis notice a significant worsening of their psoriasis symptoms when they are experiencing stressful situations in their lives. Likewise, living with psoriasis can be a source ... read more

Sulfasalazine

Overview

Sulfasalazine is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996 to treat pain and swelling associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Sulfasalazine is sometimes pres... read more

Sunlight

Overview
Many people with psoriasis experience improvement with careful, consistent exposure to sunlight. The use of sunlight for therapeutic purposes is also known as heliotherapy.

Sunlight is composed o... read more

Taclonex (Betamethasone/Calcipotriene)

Overview
Taclonex is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat psoriasis vulgaris in people age 18 and older. Taclonex can be used to treat psoriasis on the scalp and nail... read more

Taltz (Ixekizumab)

Overview
Taltz is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat adults with active psoriatic arthritis or moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis in cases where systemic therapy o... read more

Tazorac (Tazarotene)

Overview

Tazorac is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1997. Tazorac is used to treat stable plaque psoriasis in cases where it affects as much as 20 percent of t... read more

Tolectin (Tolmetin sodium)

Overview

Tolectin is a prescription medication that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1976 to treat certain forms of arthritis. It is also known by its drug name, Tolmetin sodium. Tol... read more

Tremfya (Guselkumab)

Overview
Tremfya is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in cases where systemic therapy or phototherapy are war... read more

Trexall (Methotrexate)

Overview

Trexall is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat severe psoriasis. Trexall is also known by its drug name, Methotrexate. Trexall may be prescribed alo... read more

Ultraviolet light B (UVB)

Overview

Natural sunlight is composed of both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) light. Of the two, UVB light is a safer and more effective treatment for psoriasis.

What does it involve?
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Vanos (Fluocinonide)

Overview
Vanos is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat skin conditions associated with inflammation and itching. Vanos is also known by its drug name, Fluocinon... read more

Vectical (Calcitriol)

Overview

Vectical is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2009. Vectical is used to treat mild to moderate plaque psoriasis in adults 18 years and older. Vectical i... read more

Voltaren (Diclofenac)

Overview

Voltaren is a prescription medication that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1988 to treat certain forms of arthritis. Voltaren may also be referred to by its drug name, Dicl... read more

Xeljanz (Tofacitinib)

Overview
Xeljanz is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat active psoriatic arthritis in adults. Xeljanz may be prescribed in cases where psoriatic arthritis has ... read more

Zithranol-RR (Dithranol)

Overview

Zithranol-RR is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Zithranol-RR became available in 2009 for the treatment of plaque psoriasis affecting the skin or scalp.... read more

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