Cosentyx (secukinumab) may not be right for everyone. One way to tell that this medication may not be right for you is to monitor your symptoms and any side effects you experience during treatment. If, for example, you notice little to no improvement, or you experience severe side effects from the medication, you may want to talk to your doctor about alternative treatment(s).
If Cosentyx does not work for you, your doctor may suggest alternative medications, including but not limited to:
- Humira (adalimumab): immunosuppressive drug that treats plaque psoriasis
- Skyrizi (risankizumab-rzaa): biologic drug that treats plaque psoriasis
- Stelara (ustekinumab): immunosuppressive drug that treats plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis
- Steroid drugs, including Desonide, Alclometasone, Triamcinolone acetonide, Halcinonide
- Anti-inflammatory drugs, including Dithranol
Please note that each medication treats very specific symptoms, and various types of medication, as well as various brands, may work well for one person but not another. It is important to discuss your options in-depth with your physician before stopping treatment with Cosentyx.
If you and your doctor decide taking prescription medication is not right for you, there are non-prescription treatment options available. Some of these options include but are not limited to:
- Cold or warm compresses
- Ice packs
- Over-the-counter medicines, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Aspirin, Ibuprofen, or Naproxen
- Ultraviolet light therapy
- Surgery, in severe cases
Treatment may look different for everyone, just as potential side effects from Otezla may differ from one person to another. To find the best treatment for you, track any side effects you experience with Otezla and report them to your doctor, who will be able to help you determine if your treatment needs to be adjusted.