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There are several types of medicines that can be used to treat psoriasis. Topical medications, including corticosteroids, are applied directly to the skin. For people with a more severe form of psoriasis, healthcare providers may recommend a medicine that is taken by pill or injection. Healthcare providers often use a trial-and-error approach to find a treatment that works, and they may switch medicines periodically if one does not work or if side effects occur.


An Overview of Medications for Psoriasis

There is no cure for psoriasis, but there are treatments available that can decrease the bothersome symptoms and appearance of the disease. These treatment options include:
A combination of therapies is often recommended. Combining various topical, light, and systemic treatments often allows lower doses of each and can result in increased effectiveness.

Topical Psoriasis Medicines

Topical medications for psoriasis are applied directly to the skin and may improve the skin's condition. These may be recommended in people with mild to moderate psoriasis. Examples include:
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