Approved Uses

Otezla® (apremilast) is a prescription medicine used to treat adult patients with:

 
Otezla is for adult patients with
plaque psoriasis
Otezla for psoriatic arthritis
Otezla for oral ulcers
in Behçet’s Disease
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APPROVED USES

Otezla® (apremilast) is a prescription medicine used to treat adult patients with:

  • Plaque psoriasis for whom phototherapy or systemic therapy is appropriate.
  • Active psoriatic arthritis.
  • Oral ulcers associated with Behçet’s Disease.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

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.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-332-1088.

Please click here for the Full Prescribing Information for Otezla.

Not an Otezla patient

Don’t Wait, Double Take

If you're noticing skin or joint symptoms from head to toe, it's time to do a Double Take—these symptoms may not be what you think.

Psoriatic arthritis affects as many as 1 million Americans, and it generally appears between the ages of 30 and 50 (but can develop at any time).

It’s worth taking note of signs that may point to this condition, especially if you’ve already been diagnosed with plaque psoriasis. Up to 30% of people with psoriasis may develop psoriatic arthritis as well.

Psoriatic arthritis has more indicators beyond just swollen and painful joints. By listening to your body from head to toe, you may be able to spot early signs of the condition and take action. Join Lance Bass in the Double Take dance, and remember that psoriatic arthritis could be the connection between these symptoms in these body parts.

  • Head
    • Scalp psoriasis affects about 70% to 90% of people who have psoriatic arthritis
    • Neck and back pain
  • Knees
    • Knee pain and swelling or stiffness
  • heels
    • Heel pain and inflammation
  • nails
    • Pitted, rough or crumbling nails

Otezla has not been shown to impact skin or nail symptoms in psoriatic arthritis.

Do the Double Take with Lance Bass

Pop icon and entrepreneur Lance Bass never expected he'd have to think about “psoriatic arthritis” at his age. He thought the joint stiffness and pain in his knees and neck were due to years of dancing. But when he talked to his doctor, he learned the truth about his condition.

In partnership with Amgen and Otezla, he's created a dance to help others do a Double Take and make the connection. Watch his video below, and share your version of the dance on social using #PsADoubleTake!

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Taking another look at psoriatic arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is a form of arthritis that can affect people who have psoriasis. Like psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune condition, meaning the immune system attacks and damages healthy tissue by mistake.

In psoriatic arthritis, the cause is thought to be overactive inflammation of cells inside the body, which then leads to joint swelling, tenderness, and pain.

Generally, people are diagnosed with plaque psoriasis first, and later develop psoriatic arthritis—but joint problems can sometimes appear on their own or begin before skin symptoms appear.

Symptoms typically begin with a few aches and pains or fatigue. But, many people quickly dismiss these signs, blaming aging or lifestyle factors like overexercising.


Could you have psoriatic arthritis?

There’s no diagnostic test for psoriatic arthritis, but there are tools to help identify signs and symptoms of the condition. The Psoriasis Epidemiology Screening Tool (PEST) is a validated screening tool for psoriatic arthritis which was originally published in Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology. It's recommended that people with psoriasis complete the PEST screener every six months.

Click "Yes" or "No" to answer these questions and to see if you should talk with your doctor about psoriatic arthritis.

1.

Have you ever had a swollen joint or joints?

Yes|No

2.

Has a doctor ever told you that you have arthritis?

Yes|No

3.

Do your fingernails or toenails have holes or pits?

Yes|No

4.

Have you had pain in your heel?

Yes|No

5.

Have you had a painful or swollen finger or toe?

Yes|No

You may not have psoriatic arthritis at this time.

But, it's still important to be aware of the signs. Download this PDF, and consider talking with your doctor about any symptoms you're experiencing.

Download the PDF Start over or try PEST again.

You may have psoriatic arthritis.

Don't wait, download this PDF and consider talking with your doctor about these results.

Download the PDF Start over or try PEST again.

Get back to the things you love

While there’s no cure for psoriatic arthritis, there are treatment options available to help manage symptoms, so don't wait. With Otezla, you may be able to get back to some of the things you miss the most.

Otezla is proven to help some people with psoriatic arthritis have less joint swelling, tenderness, and pain after just 4 months. It is also proven to improve the ability to perform physical activities of daily living.

See How Otezla Can Help Download a free brochure
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APPROVED USES

Otezla® (apremilast) is a prescription medicine used to treat adult patients with:

  • Plaque psoriasis for whom phototherapy or systemic therapy is appropriate.
  • Active psoriatic arthritis.
  • Oral ulcers associated with Behçet’s Disease.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

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.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-332-1088.

Please click here for the Full Prescribing Information for Otezla.

Important Safety Information

See more

You must not take Otezla if you are allergic to apremilast or to any of the ingredients in Otezla.

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.

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