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User Reviews for Apremilast

Also known as: Otezla

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Plaque Psoriasis
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180 reviews 25 medications
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5.2
   
92 reviews 66 medications
Summary of Apremilast reviews 5.4 272 reviews

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For Psoriatic Arthritis: "My doc treated me for psoriatic arthritis & psoriasis. He started me on both Cosentyx & Otezla. After 3 doses of Cosentyx & 6 weeks of Otezla, my psoriasis was completely gone & my ankles & fingers felt better. He stopped the Cosentyx and got the Otezla approved. I was lucky as I didn't have any side effects. Not sure how I would have know which drug was causing something anyway. I have now been on Otezla for 2 years. Only once have a had a flare with my ankles and my doc just added Cosentyx for 3 more doses and then stopped it while keeping me on Otezla. Did the trick. I have lost about 10 pounds but I think that is because I feel so good and can walk the dogs again. Funny thing is that my LDLs have gone down a bunch. Thankfully, I get Otezla through their zero dollar deal. My only compliant is the jokers at the Otezla Support Hot Line. They are rude and it took my doc a long time to get it approved so he had to give me samples for about the first 6 months."

   
9.0

Tom from NC September 24, 2018

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Otezla (apremilast) for Psoriatic Arthritis: "I've been taking Otezla since June 29th 2018. I was prescribed Otezla by the dermatologist but plaque was not present just dry skin. A small small patch of dry skin on my arm prompted a biopsy and that's how I got my Psoriatic arthritis diagnosis. My issue is I do not and never had any plaque skin issues just joint pain and I don't find this medication handling the joint pain on a daily basis. Every so often I'll get a severe pain in a finger joint, a bone in my foot or shoulder pain. I'm not sure if I need to continue taking this. I also have osteoarthritis have had knee replacement and now was told I need hip replacement. I'm going to give this medication one more month and see what the outcome will be. One good thing is I had no side effects at all."

   
5.0

Mimi (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 19, 2018

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Otezla (apremilast) for Plaque Psoriasis: "I’ve been on Otezla for about 4-5 months now. The first month I definitely saw some clearing in my original areas which were always on the upper part of my feet, scalp and a bit on my knees every now and then. Now starting my 5th month on it, I’ve begun to get breakouts in places I’ve never ever had problems like my fingers, wrists and as of the past couple days the soles of my feet. I’ve never had so many breakout areas...when I told my dermatologist in my follow up that I wasn’t cómpletely sure it was working, her first reaction was to keep me on Otezla until the end of the year to give it time to work. When I told her I’d been feeling a bit down and had nausea...she told me straight up that statistically most people suffer from depression so not to worry. I really got the vibe that she didn’t care and that she’s probably getting a commission from Otezla for keeping me on it. I’m really considering getting off it...Otezla for me has done more bad than good."

   
4.0

CVL September 16, 2018

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Otezla (apremilast) for Plaque Psoriasis: "I started taking Otezla in 2015 for inverse psoriasis. I experienced nausea, diarrhea, migraine headaches, and extreme fatigue for the first 6 months. The intragluteal fold fissures and fissures under my breast and arms were gone in less than a month. I had plaque on my shins that were spreading painfully and rapidly and my skin cleared in less than 3 months. The side effects were horrible, but tolerable. I reported the extreme fatigue because I was unable to drive a full ride home without calling for a ride when I was driving. I found myself pulling over to sleep because I couldn't keep my eyes open. I'm taking a stimulant now, and my skin remains clear. This medication has really helped me and the side effects are now tolerable. I get sporadic headaches, nausea every day, but my skin is not open any more."

   
10

Maria September 9, 2018

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Otezla (apremilast) for Plaque Psoriasis: "I am day 5 into the starter pack and I have to tap out. It gives me headaches. It causes nausea and the second I eat something, it causes loose, somewhat urgent bowel movements. The worst part though is the acid reflux thing going on. I am burping often and cannot sleep due to the burn. It's so uncomfortable and I have been popping Rolaids like tic tacs. My doctor thought it would help with my nail psoriasis since it is so difficult to get rid of. I did did have pretty stubborn psoriasis on my elbows that has never gone away with anything and it took about a month for my insurance to approve the Otezla so in the meantime he did give me Clobex spray to try that and it's the best thing I've ever used. My elbows we're clear in two weeks as well as the rest of my body and I have not used in a week since we starting Otezla and nothing has come back. I am going to ask for more of this and try to use it more aggressive on the nails."

   
1.0

Courtlynn September 3, 2018

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Otezla (apremilast) for Plaque Psoriasis: "I've just started Otezla and have had only the second day with some vomiting but other than that no real side effects. I'm hoping this is easier than I have read regarding the side effects. Will keep updating as I get further down the road"

   
4.0

Oliver (taken for less than 1 month) August 28, 2018

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Otezla (apremilast) for Plaque Psoriasis: "Some temporary improvement with the medication for 6-8 months, then stopped helping and plaques returned or increased"

   
4.0

Mid west doc (taken for 6 months to 1 year) August 26, 2018

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Otezla (apremilast) for Plaque Psoriasis: "Otezla, ;( my back hurts again, daily headaches, and feel so tired every day! Wake up with leg cramps every night.. Like jumping out of bed cause they hurt so bad. I'm a painting contractor on ladders everyday, my legs feel very weak and shaky. Besides that, my teeth and nails throb. Back pain! it's absurd how bad it hurts.. My energies are so low..."

just me (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 25, 2018

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Otezla (apremilast) for Plaque Psoriasis: "I hated this drug! I made me feel depressed, feel sick, and tired all the time! I would rather have what it is supposed to temporarily relieve symptoms of- than to go through all of the side effects. why do the pharmaceutical corporations always try just try to rent us reductions to symptoms rather than cure the problem? One word; "Profit!""

   
1.0

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) August 12, 2018

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Otezla (apremilast) for Plaque Psoriasis: "1 year on Otezla and my TSA, ALT, and glucose levels have all doubled. While Otezla does not indicate the need to have monthly liver tests I strongly encourage anybody starting to take this medication to discuss with their doctor getting baseline and reoccurring blood work done for at least the first year. I started Otezla in July of 2017. The reasons for taking it was to treat psoriasis of the nails, dactylitis (swollen fingers), and a few stubborn psoriasis patches in the hair line, in ear, and a patch of inverse psoriasis. Pros: Dactylitis gone in a month, 1 year nail psoriasis improved 60%. I still have psoriasis patches but they are smaller and less frequent. There is slight reduction in inverse psoriasis. Cons: TSA, ALT and glucose levels doubled in a year. Bowel movements occur within an hour after eating anything and really any other time of day including waking you up in the middle of the night."

   
3.0

middle aged guy (taken for 1 to 2 years) August 10, 2018

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Otezla (apremilast) for Plaque Psoriasis: "Wow, I guess I have been living in a bubble. I am stunned to read some of these negative comments. I have been on Otezla for over a couple years now. After the initial common short-term side effects, I have had continuous 90 to 95% clear skin. Psoriasis used to control so much of my life, keeping my dry patches covered in public. Now I just wear whatever I want. No more long sleeves all summer and I can wear sandals again. For me Otezla equals freedom. I am so grateful!"

   
9.0

NoelNoel (taken for 2 to 5 years) August 7, 2018

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Otezla (apremilast) for Psoriatic Arthritis: "Rashes in crotch area for at least 5 years. Rash on chest for decades. Acne for 55 years. Scaly patches on arms, legs, back for 10-15 years. Pitted dry fingernails for 30 years. Dry eyes, dry mouth. Dupuytren’s Contracture for several- maybe 5-10 years. Lower back pain for over 40 years. Severed shoulder tendon. Both Achilles Tendons sore. In the past 40 years only have had 2 or 3 pain free days. I have read 4 pages of reviews. My heart goes out to you all. To us all. This is an unpredictable disease. Yesterday was day 4, 20mg + 20 mg and I had marked relief in hand and finger pain. Although swelling has not abated. I had a mild and short-lived headache, and mild but longer lived stomach pain. Today I awoke with more swelling in my fingers than ever, painful- but not more pain than ever. I took 20mg + 30 mg today. Swelling and pain both decreasing as the day wears on. Mild stomach pain - short lived. Stronger and longer headaches, but easily tolerable."

   
10

GoSox1 August 7, 2018

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Otezla (apremilast) for Psoriatic Arthritis: "I had very mild psoriasis and Psoriatic arthritis and was put on Humira about 10 years ago. I thought I might have been in remission so I stopped. After 18 months, I finally went back to the Dr and she suggested Otezla. I started otezla about 11 weeks ago. I only had mild stomach issues. I wanted to lose weight so that side effect was welcome (lost 20lb), I found my appetite was greatly reduced. 5 weeks in my joint pain was getting better but I developed the worst upper respiratory problem that I ever had. I do not get sick typically - even while on Humira. It was really bad for about a week but it is now 5 weeks into this upper respiratory issue and it continues to linger - I'm taking both Sudafed and Mucinex dm so the symptoms are milder (a mild cough, ears plug up off and on). I have not read many people who had upper respiratory reactions. I still have about 3 weeks until I reach the full efficacy point so I think I will stick it out for the time being."

   
7.0

john_r July 19, 2018

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Otezla (apremilast) for Plaque Psoriasis: "When I first started taking Otezla I was skeptical, but after 2 months I could really see improvement. Now after 5 months, my psoriasis started getting worse than before. I had outbreaks in new areas and flare ups from old. I had hoped it would work, but I was wrong."

   
2.0

Jimbo (taken for 6 months to 1 year) July 19, 2018

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Otezla (apremilast) for Plaque Psoriasis: "I got psoriasis at age 29. Plaque psoriasis all over scalp and spots all over body except my hands and feet. I started Otezla at age 31. I took this medicine for 4 months. It was awful. I stuck through the nausea because I figured it would be worth it if it helped my psoriasis. It did nothing for my psoriasis, not even in the slightest. After 4 months, I decided it was either have psoriasis and be nauseous a few hours every day or have psoriasis and not be nauseous. I stopped taking Otezla at that time. I would never recommend this medication to anyone."

   
1.0

Phoenix2012 (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 26, 2018

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Otezla (apremilast) for Plaque Psoriasis: "I was on this pill Otezla for 3 months for plaque psoriasis on the soles of my feet only. Absolutely no improvement. In fact, worse since I stopped. My neck is itchy and red now. Hope it's not psoriasis. I never had it there before. Seems like a scam. Will now try Humira after wasting 3 months of my life on hold waiting for Otezla to work."

   
1.0

Sandra M. (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 19, 2018

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Otezla (apremilast) for Psoriatic Arthritis: "I have been on otezla for only a month it has taken the pain from my fingers and elbows away. It is starting to work on my plaque psoriaisis I have had psoriasis for 56 years. I'm 73 now otezla is working the best out of anything else I have tried. I had very few side affects just a little nausea not much I sure hope it keeps working"

   
6.0

rml313 (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 18, 2018

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Otezla (apremilast) for Psoriatic Arthritis: "From the start I had joint pain. I needed a couple of advil every day. The stiffness is slowly increasing also. It's been 5 months. We are now going to try something else. I go to the bathroom 3 times a day. My stomach is very upset after taking the pill for 3 hours. My stomach is getting worse. I have a yogurt everyday and avoid disruptive foods. My teeth hurt. At first they woke me up during the nite and I had to have advil for the pain. Now it is mild a couple times a week. My psoriasis has completely disappeared thats the good."

   
3.0

CHANCE (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 10, 2018

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Otezla (apremilast) for Plaque Psoriasis: "This medication has horrible side affects. Luckilythe side effects, only lasted for 2 weeks for myself before they settled down. Unfortunately Otezla medication has zero effect on my condition."

   
1.0

Beatdown (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 31, 2018

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For Plaque Psoriasis: "I only had 4 doses from my starter pack when I began with small rash which quickly became vasculitis. Very painful and sensitive. I have been on prednisone now for 4 weeks and the legs are still swollen and I am walking on crutches. 3 days ago I was in emergency with a 6 hour nose bleed... they had to cauterize it twice to get it to stop bleeding. I held my face forward so not to have the blood drain down my throat but my mouth filled up so fast it was coming up my tear duct and running down my chin. I would not recommend this drug to anyone. I started epsom salt baths every two days 6 days ago and it burns but it dries up the blisters and I think it is helping."

   
1.0

eriebreeze (taken for less than 1 month) May 29, 2018

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Otezla (apremilast) for Plaque Psoriasis: "I began seeing a dermatologist after a bad experience with an esthetician. My skin along my hairline face and ears was scaling and peeling horribly. I had my first appointment and the doctor immediately told me I had psoriasis and skin infection. I never had any issues with my skin other than normal acne. I was prescribed a lot of medication to get it under control. Otezela was one of them. I have been taking almost three months and have seen significant improvements in the areas that I mentioned above. With that being said I have seen breakouts in areas that I did not have before and they seem to be getting worse. These areas are thighs, left arm and my back. I know no pill is perfect and am extremely happy with the results in original area, but do not want new problem areas. I will be scheduling another appointment with my dermatologist before my body get dependent on this drug."

   
6.0

Aquarius (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 28, 2018

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Otezla (apremilast) for Plaque Psoriasis: "I saw nearly 40% clearance within a week of taking Otezla. I went from looking like a burn victim to having clear beautiful skin that wasn't cracking and bleeding. It's amazing. and I have never had a better experience. Humira and Methotrexate did not help me at all, no movement, this is the first drug to change my entire body, or make any change at all. So thankful."

   
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Amy (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 23, 2018

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Otezla (apremilast) for Plaque Psoriasis: "Been on otezla for about 3 months now with no results what so ever. I'm starting to get really frustrated with it. If my body didn't start rejecting humira I'd still be on Humira ."

   
1.0

Tirekingdv88 (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 22, 2018

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Otezla (apremilast) for Plaque Psoriasis: "I took Otezla for two years it did help to a degree but I still had to use clobetasol cream along with it for a decent result. For the past year I have had 5 sinus infections which my doctor picked up on was from Otezla. Found out chronic sinusitis is a common side effect of the drug. We decided it was not worth it and I did have a bad flare when I stopped using it and took a month to get it under control. One thing I did not realize is how fatigue inducing this drug is. After I stopped taking it my energy levels came up over a few weeks and I feel great now. My psoriasis is a little worse without the Otezla but not to much."

   
3.0

Tim (taken for 2 to 5 years) May 10, 2018

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Otezla (apremilast) for Plaque Psoriasis: "Been on Otezla about 9 months. Got through all the startup side effects with tolerable issues. Had been on biologics 12 years with great results, but lowered immune system and frequent UTI’s. Being over 70, I felt Otezla would be safer. Now I am having one of the worst flares of scalp and forehead thick plaques ever in 53 years. Calling Dr. to see what to do next."

GP May 10, 2018

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