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from John V.
Ed: I recently found your website. I have suffered from psoriasis since age 14. I am now 28. My first outbreak occurred 14 years ago. I literally had it everywhere except the palms of my hands and the soles of my feet. It was like one big patch on my body. It was the most horrible experience of my life. After months of tar treatment, the P went into remission. Aside from a few patches here and there, it has been pretty good until about a month ago. It erupted and now covers most of me once again.
I agreed to try the drug Soriatane. After reading some of the information on the drug, I was skeptical. Through my first few days of treatment, I have noticed no side effects (knock on wood). I am also using Dovonex along with a scalp treatment. I don't know what will work, but hopefully something will. At the prices of this stuff, something better work.
I like checking your web site and reading about others with the same condition as me. It is nice to be able to see what other people are doing to help their condition. Thanks for maintaining a good site. -John V.
See also: Soriatane Hell (this month's mail)
Ed’s Response: Soriatane is a much-discussed systemic P treatment these days. If you search on "soriatane" here at FlakeHQ you will see a number of email exchanges about the drug. Also, Mark Shaw’s Home Page contains good information. Mark is currently taking Soriatane after having tried just about everything else available! Also, Roche Pharmaceuticals has published its official description of Soriatane on the web. (When you’re in a morbid mood, read their section on adverse reactions.)
I haven’t tried Soriatane, yet. In fact, at this writing it is the only powerful systemic left for me to try. But, when/if my cyclosporine and methotrexate therapies become exhausted (for any reason) I would not hesitate to try Soriatane.
Do let us know how your case progresses. -Ed