Choosing a Treatment that’s Right for Me

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Choosing a Treatment that’s Right for Me

There is no one “right” treatment for everyone, but there may be one (or more) that’s right for you. Choosing a treatment that works for you will depend on the type and severity of your psoriasis, how well you respond to the individual treatment, as well as which therapy fits best with your lifestyle. Remember, your treatment may change over time.

You should review specific information on each of the different types of treatment in this section, then talk to your doctor about which one(s) might be right for you.

Topical treatments

These treatments are applied to the skin, usually as a cream or ointment. They are often the first type of treatment given to people with psoriasis.

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Oral medications

These options, which are taken by mouth, are often referred to as “systemic” medications because they deliver medicine throughout the body rather than to just one small area. They are often used by people who don’t respond to other treatments, or those who have moderate to severe psoriasis.

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Ultraviolet light therapy

This treatment, also called “targeted phototherapy,” involves exposing the affected skin to ultraviolet light under medical supervision. It may be recommended if topical treatments aren’t effective on their own. Treatment is usually conducted in a hospital or clinic – it is NOT the same as using a conventional tanning bed.

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Biologic therapies

Biologic therapies are another type of “systemic” medication, but instead of delivering medicine throughout the body like oral medications do, biologic therapies (or “biologics”) act on specific systems within the body, such as the immune system, for example. Biologics are administered by injection or by intravenous (IV) infusion. Systemic drugs are most often used by people who don’t respond to other treatments, or those who have moderate to severe psoriasis.

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If you’d like to continue your research online, you may be interested in Health Canada’s Drug Product Database (DPD)It provides information on all drugs approved for use in Canada.

Treatment recommendations for:

MILD PSORIASIS

 See all Topical Treatments

 

MODERATE TO SEVERE SORIASIS

 See all Oral medications

 See all Ultraviolet light therapy

 See all Biologic therapies

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