Anne’s Story | Crafting a path forward

Anne’s Story | Crafting a path forward


Otezla® (apremilast) is a prescription
medicine approved for the treatment of adult patients with active psoriatic
arthritis. “I love always having a project that I’m working on. I love
finding out what it takes to complete that project and make it my own. I have
about four or five projects going at once. I always just love making things. Whatever it is I find at a store, or whenever I
see something that I know I can breathe new life into, I’ll do that. The ideas
just come to me; I look at something and it sort of can tell you, ‘Hey I’m gonna be
a jewelry display,’ so I say, ‘Okay you are gonna be a jewelry display.’ Some people
meditate, some people do yoga, I make stuff. It was about 12-13 years ago; I had
some Achilles tenderness on the heel and like my elbows hurt, both of them; and I
was like, ‘Oh I must have banged it,’ and I thought, ‘This can’t be getting old
because I’m too young to feel this way.’ My thumbs,
the knuckles swelled so bad they were purple. I couldn’t put clothes on. I
couldn’t put shoes on. I had to have help dressing. It was embarrassing,
it was, um, painful and it was something I don’t think I really understood, like why
I had it. I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. I said, ‘Whatever you recommend,
I will do.’ My doctor she had mentioned methotrexate. The methotrexate didn’t
work for me and I found myself with a lot of restricted movement again. I was
ready for something different. So the doctor, she told me about Otezla.” Some
people taking Otezla for four months had improvements in their joint swelling and
joint tenderness. In these studies, some people also experienced improvement in
physical activities of daily living, joint pain, and swelling of joints
affected by psoriatic arthritis—fingers, toes, knees, and heels. The most common
side effects of Otezla were diarrhea, nausea, and headache. People who are
allergic to Otezla or its components should not take Otezla.
Otezla is associated with severe diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting as well as
depression, weight decrease, and interacting with other medicines, which
may make Otezla less effective. For more information, listen to the Important
Safety Information at the end of this video, and read the Full Prescribing
Information for Otezla. “My doctor said, ‘Anne, it’s a pill.’
She talked to me about the risks and the benefits of Otezla. She said, ‘You’re gonna
have to be patient.’ She goes, ‘it takes a little time to work,’ and I said, ‘I’ve got
patience.’ For me, Otezla, it subtly started taking away symptoms. The pain of
the tenderness and the swelling just continued to reduce. If Otezla had
been around sooner, I definitely would have tried it. With Otezla, I don’t have
to say no to myself for things that I want to do. I make a plan, and I do it.” Do
not take Otezla if you are allergic to apremilast or to any of the ingredients
in Otezla. Otezla can cause severe diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting, especially
within the first few weeks of treatment. Use in elderly patients and the use of
certain medications with Otezla appears to increase the risk of having
diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting. Tell your doctor if any of these conditions occur.
Otezla is associated with an increase in depression. In clinical studies, some
patients reported depression, suicidal thoughts, and suicidal behavior while
taking Otezla. Some patients stopped taking Otezla due to depression. Before
starting Otezla, tell your doctor if you have had feelings of depression or
suicidal thoughts, or behavior. Be sure to tell your doctor if any of these
symptoms or other mood changes develop or worsen during treatment with Otezla.
Some patients taking Otezla lost body weight. Your doctor should monitor your
weight regularly. If unexplained or significant weight loss occurs, your
doctor will decide if you should continue taking Otezla. Some medicines
may make Otezla less effective, and should not be taken with Otezla. Tell
your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and
non-prescription medicines. Side effects of Otezla include diarrhea, nausea,
vomiting, and headache. These are not all the possible side effects with Otezla.
Ask your doctor about other potential side effects. Tell your doctor about any
side effect that bothers you or does not go away. Tell your doctor if you are
pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or planning to breastfeed. Otezla has not
been studied in pregnant women or in women who are breastfeeding. You are
encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.
Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-332-1088. Please read the Full Prescribing
Information for Otezla.

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