Raising Awareness for Psoriatic Disease

Raising Awareness for Psoriatic Disease


With any condition, education and understanding are the most powerful tools. Everyone should ask themselves, “How would I want to be treated if I had this condition?” People need to be educated about this disease. That’s why I explain to them what I have and how it effects me. We need to get the word out about this disease. I had no idea what I had for years. It helps to know when people have walked in your shoes. We need to hear more about people out there with psoriatic disease. I have found that many people do not realize what a crippling and awkward disease this is for those who suffer with it. It is not a mainstream disease and there isn’t enough public awareness. I hope that I can help educate and advocate for those who suffer with it and help raise awareness. 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 you 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 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 you doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription 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 women who are breastfeeding. You are encouraged 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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