A good relationship with your dermatologist is an important part of treating your severe plaque psoriasis. One way to build that relationship is to help your dermatologist understand your symptoms and how plaque psoriasis affects you. When your doctor knows how you are feeling, he or she can decide what treatment is best for you.
By being open and honest with your doctor, you give yourself the best chance of benefiting from your treatment. For example, tell your doctor about your plaque psoriasis symptoms or skin symptoms or how your psoriasis is affecting you. Mention the treatments you have tried, how long you've taken them, and the results you've had. Writing out your questions in advance will help you have a more focused conversation.
To help you get the most from your appointment, we've created the Plaque Psoriasis Discussion Guide . Simply download and print the guide, answer the questions, and bring it to your next appointment. Answering these questions will help you discuss your symptoms your doctor. Together you can then decide if treatment with REMICADE® may be right for you.
Below are some questions you may want to ask during your next visit:
Only your doctor can recommend a course of treatment after checking your health condition. REMICADE® (infliximab) can cause serious side effects such as lowering your ability to fight infections. Some patients, especially those 65 years and older, have had serious infections caused by viruses, fungi or bacteria that have spread throughout the body, including tuberculosis (TB) and histoplasmosis. Some of these infections have been fatal. Your doctor should monitor you closely for signs and symptoms of TB during treatment with REMICADE®.
Unusual cancers have been reported in children and teenage patients taking TNF-blocker medicines. Hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma, a rare form of fatal lymphoma, has occurred mostly in teenage or young adult males with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis who were taking REMICADE® and azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine. For children and adults taking TNF blockers, including REMICADE®, the chances of getting lymphoma or other cancers may increase.
You should discuss any concerns about your health and medical care with your doctor.
What should I tell my doctor before I take REMICADE®?
You should let your doctor know if you have or ever had any of the following:
Also tell your doctor if you:
What should I watch for and talk to my doctor about before or while taking REMICADE®?
The following serious (sometimes fatal) side effects have been reported in people taking REMICADE®.
You should tell your doctor right away if you have any of the signs listed below:
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.
Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.