This morning I gulped down the first Otezla pill of the third week of treatment. Given the intense side effects from pill one, I consider two weeks and 27 pills a milestone. However, I've begun to contemplate an interesting question: what if my skin is clear, but I'm still experiencing all these side effects? Would I still take it?
A little over a week ago I received the news that I would receive a somewhat new psoriasis medication, apremilast (Otezla), direct from the manufacturer. At first I felt a sense of relief that the battles with insurance over covering it came to an end. Then I faced the prospect of taking the medication. A feeling of dread overcame me.
Last week I finally conjured up the courage to call my insurance provider about the Otezla denial. Right away I knew why I procrastinated.
Today I found out that insurance denied my dermatologist’s prescription for Otezla (apremilast). With so many days passing before hearing I assumed the scrip ran into issues. I was right.
Goeckerman Therapy (phototherapy + coal tar) might be my next (inconvenient) psoriasis treatment. Today I perform a patch test to see if my skin reacts to the tar.