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How effective are tumor necrosis factor inhibitors at treating psoriasis?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

TNF inhibitors work quickly and are very effective. Many peoples' symptoms improve by 75% or more. These drugs are also very effective for treating psoriatic arthritis, as well as nail and pustular psoriasis that does not get better with other treatments. 

TNF inhibitor therapy doesn't completely clear psoriasis symptoms for everyone. If this happens, your doctor can raise your dose or prescribe a different drug, including a different TNF inhibitor. But another common option is to combine the TNF inhibitor with ultraviolet (UV) light therapy or another drug, such as methotrexate or acitretin. When drug treatments are combined, the doses can often be lowered. This can lead to better results and fewer side effects. 

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