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Available medications for treating psoriatic arthritis

There are 5 main types of medications that can be used to treat psoriatic arthritis (PsA). These are listed below.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs can help reduce pain and inflammation. They do not slow progression of PsA.

Corticosteroids. Steroids are most commonly used to reduce inflammation and to help with joint pain and swelling. Some steroids are used to treat severe flares. They also reduce swelling, redness, itching, and allergic reactions. Some steroids are pills. Others are shots. Some steroid shots may be given directly into a joint to relieve severe pain.

Nonbiologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs). Nonbiologic DMARDs reduce inflammation and symptoms as well as disease progression and joint damage. Most nonbiologic DMARDs are taken as tablets, capsules, or liquids that are swallowed. A few, including methotrexate, are sometimes given as a shot.

Biologics. Biologics are also DMARDs for active PsA and work by slowing the progression of the disease. Biologics are designed to reduce inflammation by blocking specific parts of the immune system that play a role in inflammation. Biologics are taken by injection under the skin (a shot) or given intravenously (IV).

Topical treatments. Over the counter or prescription medications that are applied to the skin. Although topical treatments do not slow the progression of PsA, they may help relieve symptoms associated with psoriasis (red, scaly patches on the skin).

No one therapy is right for every person who has active PsA. What works well for you might not work as well for someone else. Talk your doctor about your treatment options to determine which treatment plan is right for you.

Please note that not all options have FDA approval for the treatment of PsA.

Is CIMZIA an option for you?

CIMZIA, a biologic medication, has been shown in a clinical trial to work for many adult patients with active PsA and could be right for you. However, your doctor is your first and best guide to developing a treatment plan that is right for you. Make sure he or she understands your concerns, your hopes for treatment, your current symptoms and their severity, and your general health.

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aEligibility: Not valid for prescriptions that are reimbursed, in whole or in part, under Medicare (including Medicare Part D), Medicaid, similar federal- or state-funded programs (including any state prescription drug assistance programs and the Government Health Insurance Plan available in Puerto Rico), or where otherwise prohibited by law. Product dispensed pursuant to program rules and federal and state laws. Claims should not be submitted to any public payor (ie, Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap, Tricare, VA, and DoD) for reimbursement. Patients and pharmacists are responsible for notifying insurance carriers or any other third party who pays for or reimburses any part of the prescription filled using this card as may be required by the insurance carrier's terms and conditions and applicable law. The maximum annual benefit amount is $11,000 per calendar year. The parties reserve the right to amend or end this program at any time without notice.

bThe CIMplicity program is provided as a service of UCB and is intended to support the appropriate use of CIMZIA. The CIMplicity program may be amended or cancelled at any time without notice. Some program and eligibility restrictions may apply.

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