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Everything You Should Know About Psoriatic Arthritis Medications

By Leah Campbell
Reviewed by Ana-Maria Orbai, M.D.
November 18, 2022

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, you may be feeling a mix of relief and fear. Relief because you finally have answers (and it can often take years to get a diagnosis)—and fear because taking a new drug or treatment is like entering unknown territory. But treatment can help you manage your symptoms, easing your pain or discomfort. Here’s what you need to know about your psoriatic arthritis treatment options as you and your doctor decide the right plan for you.

Making a Medication Decision

“Treatment for psoriatic arthritis is largely dependent on what features of the disease a person has and how a person has responded to previous medications,” says Navya Parsa, M.D., a board-certified rheumatologist at Columbus Arthritis Center in Ohio.

The medications most often prescribed for psoriatic arthritis include medications used for other forms of arthritis, says Jessica Nouhavandi, Pharm. D., lead pharmacist and co-founder of online pharmacy Honeybee Health. But because psoriasis usually accompanies psoriatic arthritis, your doctor will likely want to treat your skin and joint issues at the same time.