Understanding Oral and Injectable Treatments for Psoriasis


Laura Ramos Hegwer

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Little blue pill

If you have a more severe form of psoriasis, medicines taken by mouth or injection can help bring your condition under control. This is called systemic treatment because it works inside your body.

Common Options

The oral medicine cyclosporine helps psoriasis by “quieting” your immune system. It can be very effective if you have difficult-to-treat psoriasis of the skin and nails. If you take this medicine, you’ll need to have your kidneys and blood pressure checked regularly.

Psoriasis doesn’t have to ruin your life—if you find the right doctor, determine the best treatment, and commit to living a healthy lifestyle, you can stay on top of your condition.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 18, 2017

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