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 also known by its drug name, Apremilast.
Otezla is a phosphodiesterase inhibitor. Otezla is believed to work by decreasing the amount of certain molecules that cause inflammation.
How do I take it?
Otezla is taken orally as a tablet twice a day.
Common side effects of Otezla include diarrhea headache, stomach upset, and nausea. These side effects often fade as the body becomes accustomed to the medication. More rarely, Otezla may cause cold-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, stuffy nose, or sneezing.
More serious side effects associated with Otezla include weight loss and depression. Tell your doctor if you experience depression, mood changes, or suicidal thoughts. Let your doctor know if you notice significant weight loss while taking Otezla.
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