Dr. Grace Wright: November 16, 2017

Symptoms And Treatment of Psoriatic Arthritis

 

Dr. Grace Wright

Rheumatologist

 

Did you know up to 30% of patients with psoriasis may have a disease called psoriatic arthritis (PsA)?1 You might be familiar with psoriasis and its symptoms, but maybe haven’t heard of PsA, which causes pain, and swelling in and around the joints and tendons.2 Nearly one in four people with psoriasis may have undiagnosed PsA, in addition to the up to 2 million people currently diagnosed with the disease.2

Rheumatologist Dr. Grace Wright is joining Novartis in shining a light on this often overlooked condition and what you should look out for if you think you may be suffering from the disease.

Dr. Wright will be discussing the disease state, signs and symptoms, and treatment options. One option approved to treat active psoriatic arthritis in adults is Cosentyx® (secukinumab). Dr. Wright will address the benefits associated with Cosentyx along with important safety information.

INDICATIONS

COSENTYX® (secukinumab) is a prescription medicine used to treat adults:

  • with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis that involves large areas or many areas of the body, and who may benefit from taking injections or pills (systemic therapy) or phototherapy (treatment using ultraviolet or UV light, alone or with systemic therapy)
  •  with active psoriatic arthritis

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Do not use COSENTYX if you have had a severe allergic reaction to secukinumab or any of the other ingredients in COSENTYX. See the Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients.

COSENTYX is a medicine that affects your immune system. COSENTYX may increase your risk of having serious side effects such as:

INFECTIONS:

COSENTYX may lower the ability of your immune system to fight infections and may increase your risk of infections.

  • Your doctor should check you for tuberculosis (TB) before starting treatment with COSENTYX.
  • If your doctor feels that you are at risk for TB, you may be treated with medicine for TB before you begin treatment with COSENTYX and during treatment with COSENTYX.
  • Your doctor should watch you closely for signs and symptoms of TB during treatment with COSENTYX. Do not take COSENTYX if you have an active TB infection.

Before starting COSENTYX, tell your doctor if you:

  • are being treated for an infection
  • have an infection that does not go away or that keeps coming back
  • have TB or have been in close contact with someone with TB
  • think you have an infection or have symptoms of an infection such as:
    • fevers, sweats, or chills
    • muscle aches
    • cough
    • shortness of breath
    • blood in your phlegm
    • weight loss

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