Humira Gets Expanded Approval for Psoriatic Arthritis

older man getting a checkupThe Abbott Laboratories drug Humira (adalimumab) has been given expanded
approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to slow structural joint
damage in people with psoriatic arthritis. The condition affects people who have
skin psoriasis.

Humira was initially
approved for overall treatment of psoriatic arthritis in October 2005. It’s also
been sanctioned to treat moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis, and an
inflammatory disease of the spine called ankylosing
spondylitis.

Psoriatic arthritis
combines symptoms of arthritis — including joint pain and inflammation — with
those of psoriasis, including painful red lesions on the skin. Clinical testing
on 313 people who hadn’t responded to NSAID therapy found that people given
Humira had significantly less joint damage than study participants who took a
non-medicinal placebo, Abbott said in a statement.

People who took Humira also demonstrated increased ability to perform
daily functions such as getting dressed, walking, and climbing stairs, the
company said.

Natural Remedies For Psoriasis

cream ointmentSee the signs and seek relief from
psoriasis, a common condition affecting the skin and often the nails. According
to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful:

What You Need To Know:

  • Try topical creams
    Apply a cream containing 0.025 to
    0.075% capsaicin four times a day to relieve itching and help heal sores
  •  Address your stress
    Learn stress-reduction
    techniques such as meditation to improve healing of sores
  •  Give aloe a go
    Improve skin-healing by applying a
    0.5% herbal extract to affected areas three times a day
  • Check out fish oil
      Capsules providing 1.8 to 3.6
    grams of the supplement EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) a day may improve symptoms

These recommendations are not comprehensive and are not intended to replace
the advice of your doctor or pharmacist. Continue reading the full psoriasis
article for more in-depth, fully-referenced information on medicines, vitamins,
herbs, and dietary and lifestyle changes that may be helpful.