Cyclosporine for Psoriasis

If you have been diagnosed with plaque psoriasis, cyclosporine (Gengraf®, Neoral®, Sandimmune®) may help relieve your symptoms. Specifically, cyclosporine is approved to treat severe plaque psoriasis in people who have not had adequate improvement with at least one other treatment.
 
There are two versions of cyclosporine available: an original formulation and a modified form that is more easily absorbed into the body. Only the modified cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral) is approved for treating psoriasis.
 
When treating plaque psoriasis, cyclosporine works by weakening the immune system so it is not as active. This helps to ease the symptoms associated with psoriasis.
 
(For more information on using this drug to treat psoriasis, click What Is Cyclosporine Used For? This article also explains how this medication works, lists other possible uses, and talks about whether it is safe for use in children.)
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