What is psoriatic arthritis?
Psoriatic arthritis can develop slowly with mild symptoms, or it can develop quickly and be severe. Early recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of psoriatic arthritis can help stop or limit progressive joint damage that occurs in later stages of the disease.
Common symptoms include:
- Reduction in physical mobility due to pain
- Pain and swelling of the joints in hands, feet, and even the hip
- Tenderness or pain where tendons and ligaments attach to bones
Your psoriatic arthritis treatment options
There are many treatments that may give you relief, so it’s important to talk with your doctor to find the right one. The type of psoriatic arthritis you have, its severity, and your reaction to treatment will help determine what treatment is best for you.
Some options for treatment include:
- Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs): Over-the-counter medications like aspirin and ibuprofen, but can also include prescription products, which help to reduce inflammation, joint pain, and stiffness
- Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (DMARDs): Typically for more severe symptoms, these attempt to slow or stop joint/tissue damage and the progression of psoriatic arthritis
- Biologics: Protein-based medicines produced from living cells that target specific parts of the immune system
"For people like me with psoriatic arthritis, I would tell them to go on the website, and do your research."
- Patti, actual Taltz patient with psoriatic arthritis.
PURPOSE AND SAFETY SUMMARY
Important Facts About Taltz® (tȯl-ts). It is a prescription medicine also known as ixekizumab.
Taltz is an injectable medicine used to treat:
- People 6 years of age and older with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis who may benefit from taking injections or pills (systemic therapy) or treatment using ultraviolet or UV light (phototherapy).
- Adults with active psoriatic arthritis.
- Adults with active ankylosing spondylitis.
- Adults with active non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis with objective signs of inflammation.
It is not known if Taltz is safe and effective in children for conditions other than plaque psoriasis or in children under 6 years of age.
- Taltz affects the immune system. It may increase your risk of infections, which can be serious. Do not use Taltz if you have any symptoms of infection, unless your doctor tells you to. If you have a symptom after starting Taltz, call your doctor right away.
- Your doctor should check you for tuberculosis (TB) before you start Taltz, and watch you closely for signs of TB during and after treatment with Taltz.
- If you have TB, or had it in the past, your doctor may treat you for it before you start Taltz.
- Do not use Taltz if you have had a serious allergic reaction to ixekizumab or any other ingredient in Taltz, such as: swelling of your eyelids, lips, mouth, tongue or throat, trouble breathing, feeling faint, throat or chest tightness, or skin rash. Get emergency help right away if you have any of these reactions. See the Medication Guide that comes with Taltz for a list of ingredients.
- Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (inflammatory bowel disease) can start or get worse with Taltz use. Tell your doctor if you have any of these symptoms or if they get worse: stomach pain, diarrhea, and weight loss.
- You should not get live vaccines while taking Taltz. You should get the vaccines you need before you start Taltz.
COMMON SIDE EFFECTS
The most common side effects of Taltz include:
- Injection site reactions
- Upper respiratory infections
- Fungal skin infections
Tell your doctor if you have any side effects. You can report side effects at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.
Before you use Taltz, review these questions with your doctor:
Are you being treated for an infection?
Do you have an infection that does not go away or keeps coming back?
Do you have TB or have you been in close contact with someone with TB?
Do you have possible symptoms of an infection such as fever, cough, sores, diarrhea, or other symptoms? Ask your doctor about other possible symptoms.
Do you have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis?
Tell your doctor if:
You need any vaccines or have had one recently.
You take prescription or over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements.
You are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is not known if Taltz can harm an unborn baby.
Pregnancy Registry: If you become pregnant while taking Taltz, you are encouraged to enroll in the pregnancy registry. The purpose of this registry is to collect information about the health of you and your baby. Talk to your healthcare provider or call 1-800-284-1695 to enroll in the registry.
You are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed. It is not known if Taltz passes into breastmilk.
HOW TO TAKE
See the Instructions for Use that come with Taltz. There you will find information about how to store, prepare, and inject Taltz. Adults may self-inject after receiving training from a healthcare provider.
For people under 18 years of age:
- Weighing less than 50 kg (i.e., 110 lb): Taltz must be given by a healthcare provider.
- Weighing more than 50 kg (i.e., 110 lb): If your healthcare provider decides that your caregiver may give your injections of Taltz at home, your caregiver should ask and receive training from a healthcare provider on the right way to prepare and inject Taltz.
For more information, call 1-800-545-5979 or go to taltz.com .
This summary provides basic information about Taltz and is not comprehensive. Read the information that comes with your prescription each time your prescription is filled. This information does not take the place of talking with your doctor. Be sure to talk to your doctor or other healthcare provider about Taltz and how to take it. Your doctor is the best person to help you decide if Taltz is right for you.
Taltz® is a registered trademark owned or licensed by Eli Lilly and Company, its subsidiaries, or affiliates.
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