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)

    Overview

    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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  • Corticosteriods

    Corticosteriods
    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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, also known by its drug name, Golimumab, is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2009 for adults with moderate to severe active psoriatic arthritis... 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 of... 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

  • 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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