How Do Topical Antipsoriatics Work?

Reviewed on 6/10/2021

WHAT ARE TOPICAL ANTIPSORIATICS AND HOW DO THEY WORK?

Topical antipsoriatics are medications that are applied on the skin surface to treat psoriasis. Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition characterized by dry, itchy, and silvery scales on the skin. There is no cure for psoriasis; however, treatment can ease symptoms and prevent severe outbreaks. Topical antipsoriatics are available in the form of creams, ointments, lotions, and shampoos.

Topical antipsoriatics treatment can include a combination of:

  • Corticosteroids
  • Calcium modulators
  • Coal tar extracts
  • Anthralin

Antipsoriatics control psoriasis in the following ways:                                                     

  • Reduce itching, redness, and swelling of the skin
  • Prevent scale formation (slow down the growth of new skin cells)
  • Relieve pain, itching, and discomfort
  • Shedding of dead skin cells (removes plaques)
  • Reduce flare-ups
  • Improve the quality of life

HOW ARE TOPICAL ANTIPSORIATICS USED?

Conditions treated with topical antipsoriatics include:

WHAT ARE SIDE EFFECTS OF TOPICAL ANTIPSORIATICS?

Common side effects include:

Information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible side effects, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure these drugs do not cause any harm when you take them along with other medicines. Never stop taking your medication and never change your dose or frequency without consulting your doctor.

SLIDESHOW

Types of Psoriasis: Medical Pictures and Treatments See Slideshow

WHAT ARE DRUG NAMES OF TOPICAL ANTIPSORIATICS?

Drug names include:

References
https://reference.medscape.com/drugs/antipsoriatics-topical

https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-177166/duobrii-topical/details

https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-177623/nudermrxpak-topical/details

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors