Doctors will usually reserve a psoriasis injection treatment for the
patient who has a severe form of the condition or who has proven to be
resistant to less intrusive treatments such as creams and sunlight
therapy. While the drugs used in injection treatments pose no inherent
risk, the injection itself is the main problem.
have to visit their doctor regularly, which can cost a small fortune, or
learn how to inject themselves, which has its own problems. However,
the direct method of getting the drugs into your system makes them very
effective and can help you see results in just a few weeks.
Synthetic Injection Drugs
The majority of drugs that can be used for a
psoriasis injection treatment
are man-made and target specific aspects of your immune system that
cause the additional skin cell creation. The most common synthetic
psoriasis injection treatment drugs are:
– This slows down new skin cell production, but the treatment is only
as good for the length of time of the injections. Once you stop
injecting with retinoids, your psoriasis symptoms will return. It is
incredibly effective at stopping cell production, which can cause dry
skin in areas not affected by psoriasis, so you will have to use some
sort of moisturizer if you are taking retinoids.
– Injecting methotrexate affects the part of your immune system
responsible for the inflammation of infected areas of your skin by
slowing down the whole process. This drug usually is prescribed for
those who suffer a lot of itching and need immediate relief through
injection. It can cause liver damage and anemia in some people and is
not prescribed to anyone who has any history of liver disease.
- This drug works in a very similar way to methotrexate, although
slightly less effective it carries less side effects. It is compatible
with light therapy and the combination can be very effective for severe
cases of psoriasis. It can cause low red blood cell count and will not
be given to pregnant women or couples trying to conceive.
Some of the biggest developments in psoriasis injection treatment
drugs are biologics, that is, drugs made from human or animal proteins
that treat the symptoms of psoriasis. They are not homeopathic
treatments for psoriasis as the biologics undergo the same strict drugs
testing as any synthetic compound. They do have
less side effects
than their synthetic counterparts, but not everyone will respond to them. The most common biologics prescribed for patients are:
– Humira works by blocking your immune system from sending inflammation
messages to affected areas. It requires weekly injections, which you
can administer yourself.
Amevive – A doctor must
inject this drug as it is possible to do damage if you inject it into a
vein or artery. The initial course of treatment lasts for 12 weeks,
after which you observe the effects of the drug on your symptoms.
– Enbrel treats psoriasis arthritis and blocks interactions that cause
your body to produce too much fluid around the joints, which causes
inflammation. If you have an infection or a condition like diabetes that
makes you more susceptible to infections, you cannot treat with Enbrel.
can only get these drugs through prescriptions from professionals, and
they will want to explore all other options before resorting to a
psoriasis injection treatment. If the doctor does not explore less
invasive options first, you should insist that they do. Then, when you
and your doctor determine the severity of symptoms leave you no other
options, you can ask if the doctor will perform the injections or if you
can inject yourself depending on your comfort levels with needles.