Otezla (apremilast) is a medication used in the treatment of some people with psoriatic arthritis and plaque psoriasis. Farmington Drugs & Medical Supplies provides patients who need Otezla prescriptions at our home pharmacy or via free local deliveries for prescription refills.
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Otezla (apremilast) is sometimes used in treating people who have moderate to severe plaque psoriasis and particularly people who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy. Otezla is also used in managing some patients with psoriatic arthritis. Some people are familiar with Otezla after seeing the Otezla commercial on television or online. Otezla, containing apremilast, belongs to a class of medications known as phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) inhibitors. Specific for cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP), apremilast causes increases in cAMP levels. The mechanism of action by which Otezla exerts its effects, however, is not well understood.
Otezla – Side Effects
Otezla (apremilast), like other medications, can cause side effects. Side effects from Otezla use include headache, nausea, diarrhea and upper respiratory infection. Signs of weight loss and depression should be monitored carefully while using Otezla. Otezla should not be used by people who have had a prior hypersensitivity or allergic reaction to the medication. Otezla and alcohol should not be used together. Before use, concerns and questions regarding Otezla’s side effects should be directed to one’s pharmacist and medical provider.
Otezla (apremilast) is expensive, costing over $40 per Otezla 30 mg tablet when paid for out of pocket. Fortunately, some insurance plans cover the costs associated with an Otezla prescription and Otezla coupons can also be found online at times. Farmington Drugs & Medical Supplies takes pride in offering the most cost efficient services and prescriptions to our patients.
Otezla is available as Otezla 10 mg tablets, Otezla 20 mg tablets and Otezla 30 mg tablets. Otezla dosing regimens are often started at Otezla 10 mg without regard to meals and titrated up from there. Otezla tablets are pink, brown and beige in color. After oral administration, Otezla levels peak in the plasma at 2.5 hours and it demonstrates an elimination half-life of up to 9 hours. Apremilast is excreted in the urine and the feces.
Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.