Pharmaceutical Drugs

According to Western Medicine, there is no known cure for psoriasis.  But many types of medical treatment are available, including products applied to the skin, phototherapy, and oral medicines, which can help control psoriasis. Oral medication may help in clearing more severe cases of psoriasis but do have dangerous side effects. Most cases are mild and can be treated with skin products. In some cases, psoriasis can be hard to treat if it is severe and widespread. Most psoriasis returns, even mild forms.

The following article is recommended:

Doctors’ perceptions of psoriasis therapies vary, Feb. 7, 2013

  1. ATHRALIN – helps normalize cell DNA activity and remove skin scale, but this medication stains the skin, clothing, and anything else it meets
  2. CALCINEURIN – are inhibitors
  3. CALCIPOTRIENE –  is a vitamin D analog cream available by prescription often used in conjunction with Phototherapy.
  4. CELGENE – positive late-stage results for apremilast in treating psoriatic arthritis.
  5. COAL TAR – reduces swelling and helps with scaling and itching
  6. CORTISONE – (topical) slows skin regeneration but thins the skin over time.
  7. CYCLOSPORINE –  prescribed for psoriasis treatment in patients who fail to respond to topical treatment or phototherapy
  8. DIMETHOL FUMARATE – treats psoriatic arthritis
  9. DITHRANOL – One of the most important topical psoriasis treatments is dithranol (in Germany: cignolin, in the US: anthralin). Nowadays synthetically manufactured, dithranol was derived in former days from chrysarobin, a constituent of the bark of the araroba tree (Andira araroba) or goa tree found in the rain forests of the Amazon. Dithranol inhibits the release of proinflammatory cytokines and the growth of keratinocytes. Recently, a randomized multicenter study with 106 patients revealed that topical dithranol, although difficult to use in an outpatient setting, is superior to other established topical psoriasis drugs such as the vitamin D3 analog calcipotriene (calcipotriol) in a day-care setting[51] [LOE-A].
  10. ENBREL –
  11. ETANERCEPT – is an injectable immunomodulator drugs useful for people with treatment-resistant psoriasis and those with psoriatic arthritis.  According to the Mayo Clinic, these medications work by blocking interactions between various immune system cells.
  12. HYDROXYUREA –  prescribed for psoriasis treatment in patients who fail to respond to topical treatment or phototherapy
  13. METHOTREXATE –  prescribed for psoriasis treatment in patients who fail to respond to topical treatment or phototherapy
  14. RETINOIDS – (topical) help normalize DNA activity and reduce inflammation
  15. SALICYLIC ACID – (topical) is a treatment to help clear psoriasis
  16. STEROIDS – (topical) Steroid creams are one of the most frequently recommended psoriasis home treatment options by doctors. These are extremely effective in stopping the itching that is associated with this condition, as well as helping to slow down the growth of psoriatic skin cells, allowing healthy skin to develop unhindered. There are a number of side effects that can be associated with these steroid treatments, however, which means they should be used under controlled circumstances – limited concentrations over limited periods of time. (Source:  Steroids are also addictive, provide only temporary solutions, and are responsible for thinning the skin with over-use.

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