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How is apremilast used to treat plaque psoriasis?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Apremilast (Otezla) is a drug that acts on the immune system to reduce inflammation. It is taken as a pill. It was first approved by the FDA to treat psoriatic arthritis. It was approved for treating moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis in September, 2014. Apremilast is less likely to cause serious side effects than other oral psoriasis drugs. 

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