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Plaque Psoriasis 7 reviews 9 medications
   
7.1
Psoriatic Arthritis 13 reviews 56 medications
   
7.1
Summary of Otezla reviews 20 reviews 7.1

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For Psoriatic Arthritis "This was the hardest drug to get and be approved. I was doing the bridge pack and kept having to call the doctors to get them to keep trying with insurance. Then I had to keep calling otezla to keep it coming to my house. I never felt fully better. Maybe just a tiny bit but definitely not worth all the hassle. I ended up just quitting since I couldn't get it here on time and it kept lapsing my treatment."

   
2.0

mellymelz August 15, 2015

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For Plaque Psoriasis "I have had severe plaque psoriasis on my scalp for 5 years and up until this medication literally nothing had helped me. I did every topical, several drugs and even a uv light to treat it. Once it spread to my body I had had enough and was put on this medication. It has almost cleared up my psoriasis completely, and it works fast. However the side effects for me have been horrific. I am terribly nausous and have diahrea literally every time I take it, this subsides within the hour and I can carry on with my day. Yes it's horrible and I've considered stopping the medication; however the fact that I haven't should be proof of just how well it works."

   
9.0

Jord W July 30, 2015

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For Psoriatic Arthritis "I started taking this in August 2014. Initially, I did get the headaches and nausea. Once I got through the starter pack it was starting to resolve. I have lost about 18 lbs, but that's a good thing. I'm not finding that it works really well for me - not like the injectables. I have large patches of psoariasis on my legs and arms, and a smaller one on my scalp. I'm using steroid ointment on these but nothing is making them go away. I was still hurting pretty badly, even with the drug. My rheumatologist gave me something called Leflunomide 20 mg(Arrava) to boost the Otezla. It seemed to work a little better for my joints after that. I am still on 5 mg oral prednisone and Diclofenac 2x a day for inflammation. I'm a pretty tough case."

   
5.0

Poundhoundmom (taken for 1 to 2 years) July 30, 2015

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For Psoriatic Arthritis "I have tried other medications and nothing worked. This medication started working very quickly. I loved it was oral and not a shot. I was starting to drop me up and thought I would have to quit working. I was 35 yrs old with 2 young girls. I was not ready to give up"

   
10

lharris319 July 12, 2015

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For Plaque Psoriasis "I have been on Otezla for 10 weeks. I went from having plaques on the majority of my entire body, to having none at all by week 5. This week I had a flare up. And I am feeling really nauseuas this week. I am happy with the results so far Considering I have had this condition for 20 years and have never been so clear."

   
9.0

Crystalllllllllllll July 11, 2015

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For Plaque Psoriasis "Psoriasis started to clear in just a couple of weeks; however nausea & uncontrollable bowel issues have been an ongoing negative, but the 35 lb. weight loss is the silver lining."

   
8.0

Stan-Lee July 10, 2015

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For Plaque Psoriasis "This medicine began to work almost immediately. Mostly clear now except for a few spots. First time like this in 35 years. Only side effects have been bathroom visits are 2-3 a day now, loose stool. No Nausea or anything else."

   
8.0

Mean Joe (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 4, 2015

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For Psoriatic Arthritis "After all the years of other medications that either didn't work or I had a reaction to I was prescribed otelza. It was working.No more psoriatic arthritis pain. I didn't have any side effects and it also cleared up my psoriasis. Amazing. I did lose some weight but that was ok. Unfortunately my insurance company decided not to cover this drug and I couldn't afford it. After running out I had a bad relapse within a month. I got so sick from the relapse and I ended up losing my job. My rheumatologist is fighting to get it back. It truly was the only medication that worked for me."

   
10

smudgysmom (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 1, 2015

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For Plaque Psoriasis "I have psoriasis and have been on Otezla for 7 months now. For me it has not worked. If I stop using any steroid creams for more than 5 days it comes back. I was told by the Otezla support nurse that if it did not work within 16 weeks it typically would not work. Side effects I had were nausea, headaches and weight loss. I never get headaches and while on this medication I got them pretty regularly. The nausea was tough but I found taking this with food helped. I really hoped that it would have worked as it seems to be a much safer option that the inject-able options."

   
2.0

Hockey16 July 1, 2015

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For Psoriatic Arthritis "Had swollen joints in hands, knee pain and neck pain. No real skin issues other than 2 small spots. RA was inconclusive, so PsA was the diagnosis. Doctor gave me a choice of Humira, Enbrel or Otezla to try - I picked Otezla. On week three and the results are quite good. The pain and swelling is greatly reduced and the side effects of Otezla are very minimal. Very happy so far."

   
10

JoeJ19971 June 22, 2015

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For Psoriatic Arthritis "I have severe psoriatic arthritis but I do not have the rash. I've been on this medicine just a week but notice improvement already. I am pretty nauseous all the time, and it seems like I may lose weight because of it... But, frankly, I need to lose 110lbs anyways so... Win win?"

   
7.0

Rachelcat (taken for less than 1 month) June 21, 2015

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For Plaque Psoriasis "I have tried otezla twice the first time it cause horrible stomach pain and I had to discontinue it after three weeks. It worked miracles for my skin though almost all clear. I went to GI to get something to counteract the otezla. Went back on it and after two months on it I started having really bad panic attacks. I am not a panic person and have never had anxiety it got so bad I had to stop the pills. However be warned you can not just stop the pills you have to slowly decrease the dose the same way you have to increase in the beginning. I was not told this and ended up in the ER."

   
5.0

Sad and sore (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 20, 2015

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For Psoriatic Arthritis "I'm only on day 7 of this medication so too early to tell but I'm am experiencing severe nausea as expected "

   
5.0

StrvenToronto June 15, 2015

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For Psoriatic Arthritis "So far I have had none of the side effects they warn you about. Pain and swelling is reduced. The only downside is that is could take up to 16 weeks to receive the full benefits. Wish it worked quicker."

   
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JoeM9249 (taken for less than 1 month) June 8, 2015

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For Psoriatic Arthritis "Have been on since approved by FDA in 2013. Previously on MTX and Enbrel which I had to discontinue due to CMV and Epstein-Barr virus. Otezla works great on my joints and skin....BUT....I have lost 30#, now wt. is 88-90#. SEVERE nausea, diarrhea. Am taking lexapro, 10mg for depression. cannot take 30 mg bid, Dermatologist has reduced to 15mg hs. Still have the severe nausea, diarrhea, but much better. I am cutting the tabs in half . 10mg is manufactured for the the titration dose, but can't get this for a maintenance dose. WHY NOT? So, I will continue to take 15mg daily because it works GREAT for severe PsA and psoriasis and I have no other options."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years) June 7, 2015

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For Psoriatic Arthritis "its has cleared 98 percent of my body i still have some like in my ears but very small and like two spots on both legs but overall i am happy i still have pain in my ankles sometimes but that only comes from where i work (in a hospital) very seldom do i get nauseous or have diarrhea but i would recommend this medicine to everyone because it worked for me."

   
9.0

jelisa (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 25, 2015

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For Psoriatic Arthritis "I am on day 6 of this medicine today. So far I have had the headache, more frequent bowel movements, and yesterday I developed pain in my left arm at my joints for shoulder and elbow and fingers as well."

   
5.0

BadAqua May 13, 2015

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For Psoriatic Arthritis "When I first started taking the medicine I experienced diarrhea as expected. My nausea began to get worse. I thought I would give it a chance and ride out the side effects. They started getting worse, I am four months into this. I have been very sick because of this medicine, I went 3 days without being able to hold a meal down without vomiting. I have lost 15 pounds since starting. This medicine reacted badly with me, the bad outweighs the bad for me. I hope no one else has to go through this."

   
2.0

Ben10 (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 1, 2015

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For Psoriatic Arthritis "I have both plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and this has helped BOTH immensely. I had no idea it was also used for psoriasis, but I currently have only about 4 lesions on my whole body, NONE on my scalp, in my ears or skin folds (this is AMAZING). For PsA, I was only diagnosed with that about a year ago (I thought I had Osteoarthritis until the surgeon told me the operation would be riskier because of PsA!). I immediately went to a rheumatologist & started meds. Cancelled surgery and I'm doing pretty well. Not entirely pain free, but HUGELY improved! Insurance originally approved the med but is now questioning it. Waiting for a ruling."

   
9.0

CLdillon (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 19, 2015

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For Plaque Psoriasis "I have severe plaque psoriasis and in just 3 months it is like night and day with just a trace of it left. it is not a shot just 2 pills a day. I fell 99 better at this time. Much clearer then I was with Embrel. I gave it a 9 only because there is always something they will improve on but I am very happy with it."

   
9.0

RS44 (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 13, 2015

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