Taltz Side Effects. People with psoriasis have an alternative drug in the form of Taltz which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration early this year.
Does it work? Well, clinical trials prove that it does. From fda.gov:
Taltz’s safety and efficacy were established in three randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials with a total of 3,866 participants with plaque psoriasis who were candidates for systemic or phototherapy therapy. The results showed that Taltz achieved greater clinical response than placebo, with skin that was clear or almost clear, as assessed by scoring of the extent, nature and severity of psoriatic changes of the skin.
Serious Taltz side effects include serious infection and serious allergic reaction. Should this happen to you, you should stop using Taltz and tell your doctor or seek medical help immediately.
According to the Eli Lilly clinical trials, possible serious infection may affect up to 1 in 100 people. Signs of serious infection include the following:
- fever, flu-like symptoms, night sweats
- feeling tired or short of breath
- cough which will not go away
- warm, red and painful skin, or a painful skin rash with blisters
Meanwhile, signs of serious allergic reaction may include difficulty breathing or swallowing; swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat; and severe itching of the skin, with a red rash or raised bumps.
Additionally, Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (Inflammatory bowel disease) can happen, or worsen, during treatment with Taltz. Tell your doctor or healthcare provider if you have new or worsening symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease which include the following:
- stomach (abdomen) pain
- diarrhea with or without blood
- weight loss
The most common Taltz side effects (affecting more than 1 in 10 people) are:
- upper respiratory tract infections (with symptoms such as sore throat and stuffy nose) and
- injection site reactions (e.g. red skin, pain)
Meanwhile, less common Taltz side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people) include:
- nausea (feeling sick)
- tinea (fungal) infections such as athlete’s foot
- pain in the back of the throat
Lastly, some uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 people) are:
- oral thrush (oral candidiasis)
- runny nose
- bacterial skin infection
- discharge from the eye with itching, redness and swelling (conjunctivitis)
- signs of low levels of white blood cells such as fever, sore throat, or mouth ulcers due to infection
- low blood platelet count (thrombocytopenia)
Here are some WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS for Taltz users:
Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before using Taltz:
– if you currently have an infection or if you have long-term or repeated infections.
– if you have Crohn’s disease
– if you have ulcerative colitis
– if you are receiving any other treatment for psoriasis, such as immunosuppressant or phototherapy with ultraviolet light.
Finally, the drug is not recommended for children and adolescents under 18 years of age because it has not been studied in this age group.