Important Info Before Treating Psoriatic Arthritis With Gengraf

Using Gengraf to Treat Psoriatic Arthritis

Gengraf is normally taken by mouth twice a day. It is important to take the medicine in the same way, at the same time each day. Once treatment starts, it generally takes four to eight weeks for symptoms to improve.
In addition to improving symptoms of psoriatic arthritis, Gengraf may slow down the progression of the disease. Keep in mind that this drug does not cure psoriatic arthritis. Therefore, if you stop taking the medicine, your symptoms will likely return.
As with any medication, Gengraf can cause side effects. The most common reactions include the following:
In addition, this medicine can cause potentially serious side effects, such as kidney damage and high blood pressure. You will need routine monitoring to make sure you aren't developing these or other serious Gengraf side effects. If you begin to experience problems, your healthcare provider may lower your dose or recommend you stop taking the medicine altogether.
Because Gengraf suppresses the immune system, it can increase your risk for developing an infection or getting certain types of cancer (see Gengraf Warnings and Precautions). If you have received other treatments for psoriasis in the past, you may have an increased risk for skin cancer with Gengraf.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

Discuss the particular risks and benefits of using Gengraf for your individual situation with your healthcare provider. This medication may help relieve the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis, but it is also associated with potentially serious side effects. After discussing all your available treatment options, you and your healthcare provider can choose the best option for you.
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