Treatment options

Treatment options

        Understanding your treatment options

Psoriasis is a complex disease, so it’s no surprise that there are a range of treatment options. No single treatment will ever work for everyone, and it’s unlikely that any treatment will always work for you. If you have to change treatments, or add a new treatment for a period of time, don’t be concerned. It just means your dermatologist is managing your symptoms as effectively as possible. Discuss treatment options with your dermatologist regularly, the more you understand about what is available, the more likely you will receive a treatment that suits your lifestyle.

 

How your psoriasis is treated depends on its severity1

Your dermatologist may use a single treatment or multiple therapies, according to the severity of your psoriasis and how you respond to treatment.

Psoriasis diagnosed and initial assessment

Mild

Moderate and severe

Standard systemic treatments and/or phototherapy

For severe psoriasis, topical treatments are used in combination with phototherapy and systemic treatments.

Getting the most from your treatment

Follow your treatment plan

Psoriasis, like any other condition, is only under control as long as you use your medication.

Missing scheduled doses may cause your treatment to be less effective and may impact your eligibility to receive ongoing subsidised treatments.

For biologic treatments listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), patients must meet strict criteria regarding response to therapy before being eligible for ongoing treatment.

Track treatment effectiveness and satisfaction

It is important to be open and honest with your GP or dermatologist about your symptoms, goals and treatments. Keep a diary or use this guide to help you track how your psoriasisis affecting you, your treatment goals and how the treatment is making you feel.

REFERENCES

  1. Baker C, et al. Aust J Derm 2013; 54: 148-54.

This educational resource is not intended to replace discussions with your healthcare team. If you have any questions about your condition or treatment, please contact your doctor.