PsA Basics

What are my options for treating psoriatic arthritis?

What you can do to help manage psoriatic arthritis flares

Psoriatic arthritis is a serious, chronic or long-term disease that can change over time. That’s why it should always be treated by a doctor.

At times when they are not controlled, people with psoriatic arthritis may need additional treatment options.

Whether you’re new to treatment or already taking medicines for your psoriatic arthritis, it’s important to understand what is available to help you manage psoriatic arthritis so that you can live your best life possible.

Treatment for psoriatic arthritis varies, depending on your symptoms. Treatment also depends on the joints involved and how severe symptoms are.

Treatments include, but are not limited to:


Because everyone’s psoriatic arthritis is unique, your doctor—who may be a rheumatologist, dermatologist or other specialist—may combine different medicines to achieve minimal disease activity.

Common Treatment Options

Medicine How it's usually taken
Topical creams or lotions or phototherapy Creams/lotions in tubes Phototherapy with lamps
Oral treatments for skin problems resistant to topical therapy Tablet
Heat or physical therapy Compresses and movement
Glucocorticoid injections into affected joints Injections
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS, such as ibuprofen or naproxen Tablet
Disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs or DMARDS, such as sulfasalazine, methotrexate, cyclosporine and leflunomide Tablets and infusions
Anti-tumor necrosis factor or anti-TNF drugs, such as adalimumab, etanarcept, golimumab and infliximab Infusions and injections
Acthar repository corticotropin Self-injection

Arthritis-friendly exercise, with a doctor’s consent, is also recommended.

Acthar is a prescription add-on medicine for the short-term administration (to tide patients over an acute episode or exacerbation) in: psoriatic arthritis (PsA); rheumatoid arthritis, including juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (selected cases may require low-dose maintenance therapy); ankylosing spondylitis.

An add-on short term option

Acthar is an FDA-approved, short term add-on option for treating psoriatic arthritis flares. Get the key talking points to discuss with your doctor.

Did You Know?

Typically, psoriasis begins in adolescence or young adulthood, and psoriatic arthritis occurs between the ages of 30 and 50.

I like having a say in my treatment.

— Diagnosed with PsA almost 6 years ago.

Acthar is a prescription medicine for short-term administration (to tide patients over an acute episode or flare) in people with psoriatic arthritis.

Important Safety Information

Who should  NOT take Acthar?

You should not take Acthar if you have:

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