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What are long term effects of taking prednisolone for my psoriatic arthritis?

What are long term effects of taking prednisolone for my psoriatic arthritis?

Bad choice.: Steroids taken for long periods always have side effects. Also, they will invariable flare psoriasis upon withdrawal. There are many remitting agents, including sulfasalazine, methotreate, and tnf-alpha inhibitors. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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Recently diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis & prescribed enbrel (etanercept). How effective, in the long term, are these injections? Any downsides? Thank you!

Recently diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis & prescribed enbrel (etanercept).  How effective, in the long term, are these injections?  Any downsides?  Thank you!

Extremely effective: Tnf agents are extremely effective in the treatment of psoriatic arthritis. It is surprising that the side effects were not reviewed with you prior to starting the med. The major risk is infection with other possible side effects being reduced blood counts, liver inflammation, neurologic disorders and a possible increased risk of lymphoma. ...Read more

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Is metheotxate injection 1ml weekly safe for long term use in psoriatic arthritis?

Is metheotxate injection 1ml weekly safe for long term use in psoriatic arthritis?

Yes: Methotrexate is generally well tolerated even at your dose of 25 mg weekly. Your doctor will order prriodic lab tests to screen for any med toxicities. ...Read more

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I have psoriatic arthritis im having 2asprin once a day for how long can i have them safetly?is it better than panadol (acetaminophen)

I have psoriatic arthritis im having 2asprin once a day for how long can i have them safetly?is it better than panadol (acetaminophen)

I would not advise : To continue with any aspirin as there are better drugs other to control your disease. While Aspirin can be used a short term pain medication but it does not treat the underlying problem and your psoriatic arthritis can still progress and worsening over. Make an appointment with a rheumatologist will be the best option at this time and discuss about your treatment plan. ...Read more

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How effective is voltaren (diclofenac) gel in reducing inflammation in psoriatic arthritis? And how long it can be used?

How effective is voltaren (diclofenac) gel in reducing inflammation in psoriatic arthritis? And how long it can be used?

Effective: Supported by evidence based medicine. In the conclusion of this research vestn dermatol venerol. 1990;(10):55-7 " the drug is characterized by antiinflammatory, analgesic, and antipyretic effects. No side effects or complications were recorded in the course of voltaren (diclofenac) gel therapy. The drug has proved highly effective and is recommended for wide practice". Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Can beetroot reduce methotrexate side effects in a psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis patient?

Can beetroot reduce methotrexate side effects in a psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis patient?

Not really!: Beet root is high in folic acid, but we routinely give Folic Acid to patients on methotrexate, usually 2mg/day. This would be overkill, and add unnecessary expense! ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Psoriasis (Definition)

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease involving the skin, nails, and occasionally the joints. It is not contagious. There are several types of skin lesions, most common variety being large red scaly itchy plaques on extensor surfaces such as elbows and knees. Psoriasis can be controlled by a wide variety of medications, but a cure has ...Read more


Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Psoriatic Arthritis (Definition)

An inflammatory arthritis associated with psoriasis. The arthritis can affect a few joints (oligoarticular), many joints (polyarticular), tips of fingers (dip only), the spine (spondylitis) or a severe deforming of hands (arthritis mutilans). Arthritis severity does not ...Read more