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How effective are IL-17 inhibitors?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Studies show IL-17 inhibitors work very well for psoriasis. In one study, people who took secukinumab for 12 weeks had more improvement than those who took the TNF inhibitor etanercept (Enbrel). In other studies, over 80% of people who took ixekizumab saw their symptoms get at least 75% better, while people who took a placebo (fake treatment) only improved by 4%. More than 50% of people continued to have their symptoms completely controlled after 5 years on ixekizumab.

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