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Psoriasis - Biologic treatments

One in five people with Psoriasis are classed as being moderate to severely affected. That implies at least 5% body surface area coverage or greater, even up to 100% of the skin affected.

Advances in treatment over the last 20 years has led to the development of antibody and small molecule medications which are very effective and with fewer side-effect or contra-indications to taking. Effective also in those that have tried and failed to respond to older traditional treatments and with the added advantage of treating Psoriatic Arthritis.

Dr Anthony Downs Exeter Consultant Dermatologist & skin expert Devon

South West Dermatology are able to offer biological treatment for psoriasis. Dr. Anthony Downs has over 20 years experience in prescribing biologics for patients with moderate to severe psoriasis.

He has contributed to global clinical trials that have led to these medicines being licenced and continues to be active in clinical research in this field of medicine.

The price of these medications reflects the cost of their complex development over many years and the significant improvement in quality of life achieved from returning to normal skin.

There are no psoriasis treatments that can cure. Any medication must be taken or used continuously or the psoriasis skin patches eventually return.

Ilumetri injection
MedicationHow it worksHow it is givenSpeed of actionUnsuitable patientsCommon side-effectsPre-treatment testsCost per month after loading doses*
Taltz®IL-17 inhibitor80mg monthly with self-injector. 160mg loading doseWithin 12 weeksInflammatory bowel disease, pregnancy or breast feeding, active TB, avoid live vaccinesCandida and fungal infections. Allergic reactionsBlood tests and chest Xray£780
Ilumetri®IL-23 inhibitor100 or 200mg with self-injector. Second loading dose after 4 weeks then every 12 weeksWithin 28 weeksPregnancy or breast feeding, active TB, avoid live vaccinesnoneBlood tests and chest Xray£720

*Approximate 2023 prices. Includes cold chain home delivery. Excludes initial and expected on-going face-to face or video consultation fees and any blood tests or additional investigations required. Please note routine monitoring blood tests are not required for either medication.

If you feel this is the type of medication for you, then book in a consultation with Dr Anthony Downs. For patients outside the south west area Dr Downs is able to offer remote video consultations.

Please note your private medical insurance may not cover costs of medication or ongoing consultations for chronic medical conditions.

Call Sarah today on 01392 350059 to book a psoriasis consultation with our Consultant Dermatologist Anthony Downs. For further information call us or use our online form.