This article originally posted on The Itch to Beat Psoriasis, Everyday Health on July 7, 2017. In the article I did not mention any products. Here I list the moisturizers I use currently in this PsoHoward version.
I'm entering the time when I expect to see more results from Otezla at two months. I started this new-to-me medication on May 15th for my psoriasis, and hopefully eczema. Unfortunately, instead of improving, I feel more and more inflammation on my skin than I have in a long time. Should I keep going?
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.