How does it affect my treatment options?
While treatment options depend on the disease, one of the goals of newer treatments like biologics, is to target the specific inflammatory pathway believed to be most important to the disease symptoms. The primary goals of effective PsA treatment are to:
- Reduce symptoms
- Control the autoimmune process
- Maintain the body’s ability to fight disease
For people with active moderate to severe PsA, an immunosuppressive drug may be needed to reduce their immune system’s abnormal responses. Your healthcare provider may prescribe medication that is designed to affect processes of inflammation throughout your entire body, like a DMARD. In other cases, your healthcare provider may choose a therapeutic biologicmedication that is designed to target a specific inflammatory pathway.