When Is It Time to Switch Biologics for Psoriasis?


Linda Wasmer Andrews

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Biologics are a major advance in psoriasis treatment. “They change patients’ lives,” says Larry Green, M.D., a dermatologist in Rockville, Maryland. “And they’re much safer than anything we had before for people with severe psoriasis.”

These medications are a newer type of psoriasis drug. Unlike most drugs, which are made from chemicals, biologics are made from proteins produced by living cells. They target specific immune system processes that play a role in psoriasis.

Biologic medications have shown great success in helping psoriasis patients clear their skin. However, sometimes it’s necessary to switch to a new biologic—and that’s okay.

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