You, your topical psoriasis treatment and its possible side effects

It helps to know what to expect


Being concerned about side effects is completely normal. In fact, it’s common for people who have been prescribed treatment for psoriasis to worry that it will do more harm than good or that side effects may develop later in life if you use the treatment for a long time.

Know what to expect

When considering the possible side effects it’s important to have a realistic understanding of the treatment. While every effective treatment can produce side effects, that doesn’t mean every user of the treatment will experience them.

When considering the possibility of side effects it’s a good idea to keep the risk in perspective.

For some topical treatments, the most common side effects are skin irritation such as itching, a rash and/or a burning sensation.
Depending on the topical treatments you are using, other side effects could include: skin thinning, pigmentation changes, increased sensitivity to sunlight; increased blood calcium levels; and adrenal effects.

Talk to your doctor if in doubt

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the type of reactions you can expect and what should and shouldn’t cause concern. If you’re in any doubt about what’s causing a reaction, you should always speak to your doctor.

Being concerned about side effects is completely normal. But it’s always a good idea to make any decisions based on fact rather than fear. So try to stay up to date on psoriasis and its treatment options and always involve your doctor in any decisions you make, especially if you’re considering stopping use of your treatment. He or she may recommend that you gradually reduce your treatment, since suddenly stopping might cause your psoriasis to flare up or get worse.

Dealing with possible side effects

If it turns out that you do experience side effects from your topical treatment, your doctor can help you form a plan to deal with them, weighing harms and benefits and making an informed decision about whether you should continue the treatment or perhaps try something else instead.