Think Otezla may be right for you? Here’s what happens next.
First things first, you and your doctor need to decide if Otezla is a good option for you. This conversation might mean talking about how to take Otezla, understanding the safety information, and when you can expect to start seeing results.
After the sample Starter Pack, your Otezla prescription will come from a specialty pharmacy. Once your doctor sends them the prescription, the specialty pharmacy will call you to set up a delivery and have Otezla sent right to your door.
Our Amgen® SupportPlus Representatives will be happy to provide financial support information and resources, regardless of your current financial situation or type of insurance you have.
Did you know most people pay $0* out-of-pocket for Otezla?
If you have private or commercial insurance that you get from your employer or buy directly from a health insurance company, you may be eligible for co-pay programs that can help lower the out-of-pocket costs of your Otezla prescription.
Everyone’s experience is different, but some people saw results after just 4 months.
Make sure you keep taking Otezla as your doctor prescribed it.
You might have some side effects when you start Otezla, like diarrhea, nausea, upper respiratory tract infection, tension headache, and headache. They usually occur during the first few weeks of treatment and tend to go away as you keep taking it. These are not all the possible side effects with Otezla. Ask your doctor about other potential side effects. If you have any side effects that bother you or don’t go away, talk to your doctor.
You must not take Otezla if you are allergic to apremilast or to any of the ingredients in Otezla.
Otezla can cause allergic reactions, sometimes severe. Stop using Otezla and call your healthcare provider or seek emergency help right away if you develop any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: trouble breathing or swallowing, raised bumps (hives), rash or itching, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat or arms.
Otezla can cause severe diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting, especially within the first few weeks of treatment. Use in elderly patients and the use of certain medications with Otezla appears to increase the risk of complications from having severe diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting. Tell your doctor if any of these conditions occur.
Otezla is associated with an increase in depression. In clinical studies, some patients reported depression, or suicidal behavior while taking Otezla. Some patients stopped taking Otezla due to depression. Before starting Otezla, tell your doctor if you have had feelings of depression, or suicidal thoughts or behavior. Be sure to tell your doctor if any of these symptoms or other mood changes develop or worsen during treatment with Otezla.
Some patients taking Otezla lost body weight. Your doctor should monitor your weight regularly. If unexplained or significant weight loss occurs, your doctor will decide if you should continue taking Otezla.
Some medicines may make Otezla less effective and should not be taken with Otezla. Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines.
The most common side effects of Otezla include diarrhea, nausea, upper respiratory tract infection, tension headache, and headache. These are not all the possible side effects with Otezla. Ask your doctor about other potential side effects. Tell your doctor about any side effect that bothers you or does not go away.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or planning to breastfeed.
Please click here for the Full Prescribing Information for Otezla.
Otezla® (apremilast) is a prescription medicine used to treat adult patients with: