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These Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) are specially written by the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD).

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Psoriasis - treatment for moderate or severe psoriasis

Treatment options include:

  1. Phototherapy. Ultraviolet light can be used in several different ways to treat psoriasis.
  2. Treatments with a variety of tablets.
  3. Treatments with a variety of injections.

Tablets or injections to treat psoriasis can be very effective but can also have potentially severe side effects.  They are usually started by a dermatologist, and some can only be prescribed from a hospital because:

  • They require regular clinical assessments and blood tests.
  • Most have the potential to interfere with other medicines.
  • Female patients should not become pregnant whilst on some of the tablets or injections used to treat psoriasis. Additionally, it is important that male patients taking some of these tablets should not father a child. These pregnancy issues may apply for some time after stopping the tablets. 

Treatments with tablets or injections tend to be used: 

  • When psoriasis has failed to respond to topical treatments or comes back quickly after it has cleared.
  • If the psoriasis is severe.
  • If creams and ointments are difficult to apply at certain sites.
  • If treatment with phototherapy has been unsuccessful 
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