I have dealt with severe plaque psoriasis since the age of 7 after a bad case of the chicken pox sent my immune system into a frenzy. Ever since then, it has been a rollercoaster ride with this disease. And I have tried everything from pills, ointments, biologics to natural treatments for psoriasis.
A few months ago, my biologic didn't work as well as when I first started using it. I started to see new spots soon after my injections, which is a sign that your immune system may not be responding as well to the medicine. So I took it upon myself to discontinue the medicine.
While I am a very proactive patient, I made some serious mistakes in discontinuing my medicine. The biggest mistake was doing this without consulting my doctor first.
So what should you do when your biologic fails? Watch my video to find out where I went wrong so you don't make the same mistake.
Whatever you do, do not stop a treatment on your own accord. Be sure to speak with your doctor first to learn about the side effects, consequences and challenges of switching drugs or going to a natural alternative. There could be a lot of risks that you're not aware of.
I would also suggest contacting the National Psoriasis Foundation Patient Navigation Center for support. NPF Patient Navigators are a great resource for learning more about your treatment options and finding doctors in your area who specialize in treating psoriatic disease. Good luck!
Alisha Bridges is a patient advocate and the 2015 NPF Volunteer of the Year. Her blog, Being Me in My Own Skin, offers a candid view of what it's like to live with psoriasis, which she's had for more than 20 years.
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