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What is secukinumab?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Secukinumab (Cosentyx) blocks certain immune system proteins (IL-17A) that cause inflammation in people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. It is FDA-approved for treating both conditions. For most people with psoriatic arthritis, it is given as weekly injections for 4 weeks, then given monthly. The shots can be given by a doctor, or people can give them to themselves. 

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