Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment

Some people notice that their arthritis gets worse when there is a sudden change in the weather. However, there is no evidence that a specific climate can prevent or reduce the effects of psoriatic arthritis. Moving to a new place with a different climate usually does not make a long-term difference in a person's psoriatic arthritis.


For most people who have psoriatic arthritis, treatment also involves taking medications. Some important factors for deciding which medication is most appropriate include:
  • The patient's general condition
  • The current and predicted severity of the illness
  • The length of time he or she will take the drug
  • The drug's effectiveness and potential side effects.
Some psoriatic arthritis medicines are used only for pain relief, while others are used to reduce inflammation. Some examples of the different classes of medicines used to treat psoriatic arthritis include:
  • Analgesics (pain relievers), including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Corticosteroids.
There are two other classes of medications used to try to slow the course of psoriatic arthritis. The first class is called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), and the other class is known as biological response modifiers.
Biological response modifiers can be used to improve psoriatic arthritis symptoms, stop further joint damage, and improve joint function. These medications can also be used to help relieve plaque psoriasis symptoms. Some specific biological response modifiers used for psoriatic arthritis treatment include:
(Click on Psoriatic Arthritis Medications for more detail about commonly used psoriatic arthritis medications, as well as their uses and effects, side effects, and monitoring requirements.)
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