How a biologic for psoriatic arthritis works
Biologic medications target specific parts of the immune system that play a role in psoriatic arthritis. They target and block the action of specific types of immune cells or proteins that contribute to excess inflammation. HUMIRA is a biologic known as a TNF-alpha blocker.
See how HUMIRA works to treat psoriatic arthritis.
Watch this short video to get a better understanding of how HUMIRA targets a specific source of inflammation that contributes to both the skin and joint symptoms you experience with psoriatic arthritis.
Here’s how HUMIRA works:
- When you have psoriatic arthritis, your body overproduces inflammation-causing proteins, including one called tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha)
- This inflammation can cause the joint pain and swelling and the red, scaly patches, called plaques, that you are experiencing
- HUMIRA targets and blocks TNF-alpha, which is a specific source of inflammation
- Because TNF blockers, including HUMIRA, affect the immune system, they can lower the ability to fight infections and may cause other serious side effects