Re: oral psoriasis treatments
Hi boicrazy -
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.