It's been a while since I posted. But my psoriasis has gotten worse than it has probably ever been. I am on steroid creams, but they are so hard to keep up and are pretty expensive to keep up every month. So, I was wondering if anyone has tried oral medications for psoriasis? How much was the cost, and was that with/without insurance? Also, how well did they work?
Last edited by boicrazy3188; 05-31-2010 at 08:46 AM.
I feel your pain. I've had psoriasis on my palms and soles for 15 years. I finally realized topicals weren't cutting it, so I went on an oral medication called Soriatane. First, the good news: my psoriasis cleared up in about 10 days. It was miraculous! My skin was still pink-ish from where the psoriasis had been but I was thrilled (as you can imagine!). It's a serious drug...you have to sign papers that you are not and will not become pregnant as it can cause serious birth defects. And you have to have blood taken every 3 months to check liver function. I had no problems.
Now the bad news: after about 6 months, I began to notice my hair was falling out. In handfuls. Then...and this is the weird part...my stick straight hair became curly! Like Afro curly. It was awful! I finally just stopped taking it after 12 months. My hair loss improved and my straight hair came back (although my derm insists neither symptom is related to Soriatane). The hair loss doesn't happen to every one, it's a crapshoot. Also...Soriatane costs nearly $900 per month at CVS. (That's with insurance.)
Bottom line: the psoriasis on my hands has stayed clear for 2 years now. My feet, not so much. I'm back to topicals.
I ended up getting my Soriatane (and now, my ointments) from a Canadian pharmacy as the price is less than half of what I pay in the US. My derm knows this and is fine with it.
Also there is a new laser treatment called Xtrac...you might look into that.
Good luck...it's very frustrating. I was heartbroken to have to stop taking the Soriatane but I'm pleased that it had lasting results, at least on my palms.
$900 PER MONTH? Jeeze I cannot afford something like that. Unfortunately creams only work for so long and since it's all over my body I can't always keep up with it. I was going tanning for a while and that helped, but I was hoping I could get something oral that wasn't very expensive that I could just easily take once a day. Any other suggestions?
Once weekly oral methotrexate is cheap and effective in severe psoriasis, its been in use since the 1950's so its side effects are well known and understood. In the once weekly dose, it is well tolorated (it can sometimes cause mouth ulcers, but a daily multivitamin can help prevent this)
Im not saying that this absolutely works, but since I've been taking Glucosamine with MSM (NOW brand), Ive noticed a huge impovement in my psoriasis which has been out of control for quite a while now. It may be a coincidence because I also quit smoking a week or two before starting, but I'm thinking that there is a connection. I have guttate psoriasis mostly on my lower legs. I hope that his cna help someone. Good luck!