Being Your Own Best Advocate

Being Your Own Best Advocate


How do I advocate for my own health? I put
my needs first. During each doctor’s visit I try to give honest feedback
about my treatment routine. In the past, I caused my family, and myself, needless
stress and worry because I didn’t speak up about my health; now I do.
I’m very proactive. In addition to taking my medication, I’ve also made lifestyle
changes. I’ve changed my diet, so I’m now eating a healthy balanced diet, as well
as exercising five to six times a week. I want to make sure I come to my doctor
with educated questions. So I do my research ahead of time to make sure I
know what I’m talking about. Unfortunately I’ve been terrible about
this in the past. I went to a lot of different doctors, searching for one who
would listen. I now have a great relationship with my current doctor and
feel empowered to speak up for my own health. I try to eat right and exercise. I
wish I’d been more proactive about my health in the beginning, so now I make a
conscious effort. Otezla® (apremilast) is a prescription
medicine approved for the treatment of patients with moderate to severe plaque
psoriasis for whom phototherapy or systemic therapy is appropriate. Otezla
is a prescription medicine approved for the treatment of adult patients with
active psoriatic arthritis. You must 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, or suicidal behavior while taking Otezla. Some
patients stop 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, upper respiratory tract infection, runny nose, sneezing, or
congestion, abdominal pain, tension headache, 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
call1-800-332-1088. Please read the
Full Prescribing Information for Otezla.

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