It helps to know what to expectBeing concerned about side effects is completely normal. In fact, it's common for people who have been prescribed treatment for psoriasis to worry that it will do more harm than good or that side effects may develop later in life if you use the treatment for a long time.
Know what to expect
When considering the potential consequences of side effects, it's a good idea to keep the risk in perspective. While every effective treatment can produce side effects, that doesn't mean everyone who uses the treatment will have a problem. Many people decide that the benefits of easing their symptoms and feeling in control of their psoriasis are worth taking some risk.
Before a treatment receives approval and becomes available to use, it has to pass many rigorous tests and be studied in many people, and the expected benefits must be shown to outweigh the associated risks.
When considering the potential consequences of side effects, it's a good idea to keep the risk in perspective.Some skin reactions are mistaken for side effects when in fact they can be a natural part of the healing process. For example, as your plaques respond to treatment they may actually appear redder at first.
Being concerned about side effects is completely normal, but try not to worry too much. Stay informed and up to date on psoriasis and its treatment options and always discuss any worries you might have about your treatment and side effects with your doctor or pharmacist.
Dealing with possible side effects
If you suspect that you are experiencing a side effect from your psoriasis treatment, always contact your doctor as soon as possible. Together you will be able to form a plan to tackle the problem. You should also discuss any general concerns or worries that you may have about what to expect or any potential side effects, so that you can continue to take or use your treatment as prescribed.
Reporting of side effectsIf you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in the package leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard in the UK or directly to www.hpra.ie in Ireland.
UK/IE 2013b/00073, Date of prep: April 2015