- About PsA
- PsA treatments
- Living with PsA
- Speaking to my doctor
There isn’t a cure for PsA (psoriatic arthritis) at the moment, but the right treatment for you could help manage your symptoms.1 What works well for one person might be different for someone else, and this can change over time, so it’s important to know what the options are.2 That way, you can have an informed conversation with your healthcare professional – take a look at our tips to help you during your appointment.
For your treatment to stand the best chance of working, it’s important to follow it exactly as your doctor has advised you to.3 If you have any concerns, or think your treatment isn’t managing your PsA as desired, or as well as it once did, please speak to your healthcare professional.4 Some people may worry that speaking up about dissatisfaction or concerns with treatment could mean that they end up with something worse – or nothing at all.5 But it’s really important to have an open and honest conversation with your doctor.
“It’s taken a lot of time to find out what works for me and to feel comfortable in my own skin.”*
There are lots of treatments out there, so it may take a little time to find the best match for you.6 What you’re prescribed will depend on:2,7-9
- The type and severity of your PsA
- Your lifestyle and plans
- How often you’d like to receive treatment
- The balance between the risks and advantages of the treatment
- Your general health
- Interactions with other medicines you’re taking
- If you’re pregnant or you want to be
If you’re one of the roughly 80% of people with PsA who also have PsA,10 your rheumatologist and dermatologist may work together to help decide your treatment11
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*Representative of patient experience
1. National Psoriasis Foundation. About psoriatic arthritis. Available at: https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriatic-arthritis Accessed: June 2020.
2. Arthritis Foundation. Psoriatic arthritis. Available at: https://www.arthritis.org/diseases/psoriatic-arthritis Accessed: June 2020.
3. Creakyjoints. Psoriatic arthritis flare-ups. Available at: https://creakyjoints.org/living-with-arthritis/psoriatic-arthritis-flare-ups/ Accessed: June 2020.
4. National Psoriasis Foundation. When to talk to your doctor. Available at: https://www.psoriasis.org/advance/talk-with-your-doctor-changing-treatments Accessed: June 2020.
5. Trettin B, et al. BJD 2020; DOI: 10.1111/bjd.18876.
6. Arthritis Foundation. How to achieve remission in psoriatic arthritis. Available at: https://www.arthritis.org/diseases/more-about/how-to-achieve-remission-in-psoriatic-arthritis Accessed: June 2020.
7. Ritchlin CT, et al. Ann Rheum Dis 2009;68:1387-94.
8. Haddad A, et al. Rambam Maimonides Med J 2017;8(1:e0004): 1-6.
9. Kurizky PS, et al. An Bras Dermatol 2015;90(3):367-75.
10. Coates LC and Helliwell PS. Clin Med 2017: 17(1):65-70.
11. AAD. Psoriatic arthritis treatment. Available at: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/psoriasis/psoriatic-arthritis-treatment Accessed: June 2020.