Psoriatic Arthritis

What is psoriatic arthritis?

Psoriatic arthritis is a type of arthritis that typically affects people with skin psoriasis, a chronic disease characterised by the occurrence of raised, scaly patches on the skin. In some cases, the joint problems occur without any manifestation on the skin. Common symptoms are joints pain, stiffness and swelling. The disease usually goes between alternated phases of remission and disease flares1,2.

How is it treated?

Depending on the level of pain, swelling and stiffness of the joints, psoriatic arthritis is treated in different ways. Initial symptoms are usually managed with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. If these fail, disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs may be prescribed2.

What medicines are there for psoriatic arthritis?

For a list of medicines that have been approved for psoriatic arthritis, please see below. If a medicine has been approved by at least one reputable medical authority in the world but it is not available in your country, you may be able to purchase it via our service; we may be able to source and deliver it to you if you can provide a prescription from your doctor. 


References

1. Psoriatic arthritis,
Mayo Clinic, cited on 20/03/2018.
2. Psoriatic arthritis,
American College of Rheumatology, cited on 20/03/2018.
  1. Taltz (ixekizumab)
    Taltz (ixekizumab)
    by Eli Lilly Nederland B.V.
    for Psoriasis
    €2,874.00
  2. Xeljanz (tofacitinib)
    Xeljanz (tofacitinib)
    by Pfizer Limited
    for Rheumatoid Arthritis
    €1,394.22
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