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Psoriasis and Immunosuppressive Agents

Written by ColleenO.

Immunosuppressive agents (cyclosporine: Neoral, Sandimmune, and Sang Cya) can help treat psoriasis.

Effect of Immunosuppressive Agents on Psoriasis

The exact cause of psoriasis has not been determined, but current theories suggest that it may be a disorder of the immune system. Immunosuppressive agents help control the immune response that may be partially responsible for causing psoriasis.

Read more details about Immunosuppressive Agents.

Note: Do not take this medication with grapefruit or grapefruit juice, as it will increase its effect.

Possible side effects may include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Body hair growth
  • Bleeding, tender, or enlarged gums
  • Reduced immune function and increased risk of infection
  • Kidney damage
  • Gout

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