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Old 03-01-18, 06:28 PM
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Re: Ella is scared about moving on to biologics for her psoriasis.

Though the statistical risk for the most significant side-effects of biologics is low, it must be considered that rolling snake eyes with them could be a death sentence.

I have a coworker whose sister chose Taltz as a therapy for her severe plaque psoriasis.

It helped her immensely, but she also developed TB, which was difficult to treat, and resulted in a months-long hospital stay.

You don’t turn off TNF-α without some consequence.

Of course, this is anecdotal, and patients more often than not do not experience the gravest side-effects.

That said, based on the science of the immune system, it should come as no surprise that lymphomas of many types are potential outcomes of repressing Tumor Necrosis Factor-α.

If you play with biologic fire, you might get burned to ash. That’s part of the risk.

At the same time, quality of life from autoimmune diseases can be seriously lessened. It becomes a question of what you are willing to risk trading.


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Ian
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