Choosing Otezla® (apremilast)

Choosing Otezla® (apremilast)


I first heard about Otezla through my
doctor, she was enthusiastic about it. She thought that I would be a good candidate
for taking it. She gave me the literature to read and eventually we made the
decision to take it. My doctor told me about the potential benefits and
side-effects of Otezla. That conversation was a big factor in
deciding to start Otezla. I decided to start on Otezla because my doctor
highly recommended it. I had tried many other medications and I was eager to
find something that worked for me. I’m open to different things, so when I heard
about Otezla I wanted to hear more and find out why it was different. When the
doctor said it was an appropriate option for me, I said, ‘yeah let’s try it!’ 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 call 1-800-332-1088. Please read the
Full Prescribing Information for Otezla.

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