A lot can happen in a couple of years. I’ve changed jobs, become an empty nester, and adjusted to (more forced into) pandemic life. But all through the past twenty-four months one thing has remained the same: Skyrizi.
I started taking Skyrizi to treat my psoriasis on May 31, 2019. With two years under my belt, I wanted to update how I’m doing and my experience with Skyrizi through a Q/A format.
Skyrizi is normally dosed at every twelve weeks with two syringes making up one dose. When I began I took a dose at week 0 and then at week 4. These two doses are considered a starter, or loading, dose. My next dose, a maintenance dose, was at week 16 (or 12 weeks after the week 4 loading dose).
In the first year of Skyrizi I needed to take an extra dose. My skin started breaking out to the point where I felt quite a bit of discomfort. The extra dose was provided by my dermatologist (she received it as a sample) since my previous health insurance provider would not cover it. That extra dose allowed me to take it every ten weeks.
After my last dose in late April my dermatologist submitted a request to my insurance for me to receive Skyrizi every 8 weeks. With the (surprise) approval by my new health insurance provider I’m excited to see how I do on this more frequent dosing schedule.
Convenient to Take Skyrizi?
Skyrizi is the sixth biologic I’ve tried, and it is among the most convenient. Amevive was the first, which I took in 2003. I had to go to the infusion center at the hospital to get it. Since then I’ve tried Enbrel, Humira, Stelara, and Tremfya. These other biologics either needed to be injected more frequently or by the nurse in the clinic. Now, though, with my every 8 week dosing it has a similar dosing profile as Tremfya.
Skyrizi is the sixth biologic I’ve tried, and it is among the most convenient.