Considering Otezla® (apremilast)

Considering Otezla® (apremilast)


What would I tell a person who is
interested in Otezla? I would tell them to do the research, to get as much
information as they can. For me, I’m an information junkie. So I go to the
Internet, I talk to my doctor, I ask questions,
I read the information provided by Otezla; and for me that allows me to make
a confident decision. Otezla worked well for me. I read about the common side effects, and I like that it’s not a biologic. You should talk to your doctor
to see if it might be the right option for you. I’d strongly encourage anyone
suffering from psoriatic arthritis to be an advocate for their health and pursue
a treatment that works best for them. It’s important to talk to your doctor
about the potential benefits and risks when starting a new treatment. 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 of
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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