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Cosentyx (secukinumab) and Humira (adalimumab) are two different brand name prescription medications prescribed to treat various types of psoriasis. There are, however, some differences between the two medicines. For in-depth information about each drug, speak with your prescribing physician about which medication might be best for you.

What’s the difference between Cosentyx and Humira?

There are multiple differences between the two medications, and one medication may work better than the other for different patients.

In general, physicians prescribe Cosentyx to treat:

  • Psoriatic arthritis (inflammatory arthritis)
  • Plaque psoriasis (a rash that often forms patchy, red spots)
  • Ankylosing spondylitis (an inflammatory disease that can fuse spinal bones over time, often resulting in a hunching posture)

In general, physicians prescribe Humira to treat:

  • Plaque psoriasis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Crohn’s disease (an inflammatory bowel disease (IBS) that inflames the digestive tract)
  • Ulcerative colitis (an inflammatory bowel disease (IBS) that can result in ulcers)

Please note that this list is not complete. Further, it is critical to talk with your doctor about which medication is right for you, based on your individual needs. Side effects of each medication may differ from one individual to another, so always communicate any that you experience with your prescribing physician.

The Bottom Line

To say that one medication is more effective than the other is limited here. The effectiveness of each medication will depend entirely on the individual and the mental health condition(s) it intends to treat. Further, side effects and efficacy may differ between Cosentyx and Humira, based on the individual being treated.

Always talk with your physician about the symptoms you are experiencing before starting treatment with medication. This way, they will be able to properly diagnose you and determine which medication is right for you.

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