What is Apremilast?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Apremilast is a medication that may be used as a treatment for certain types of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Psoriatic arthritis 35 19
Psoriasis 22 7
Psoriatic plaques (scaly patches) 14 10
Behcet's disease 3 0
Arthritis pain in hip 1 0
Fingers curling 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 2
Moderate 6
Mild 6
None 11

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Apremilast

Side effect Patients Percentage
Diarrhea 6
Nausea 6
Decreased appetite 2
Back pain 1
Headaches 1
Joint pain in hands 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Apremilast

Dosage Patients Percentage
30 mg twice daily 6
20 g twice daily 1
20 mg twice daily 1
60 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Apremilast

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 5
Side effects too severe 4
Doctor's advice 3
Other 2
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Duration

Currently taking Apremilast

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Apremilast

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 21
Usually 3
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 21
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 3
$25-49 1
< $25 11
Not specified 10

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Apremilast after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Adalimumab (Humira) 8
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 4
Clobetasol topical (Clobex) 3
Etanercept (Enbrel) 3
Secukinumab (Cosentyx) 2

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Patients stopped taking Apremilast and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Secukinumab (Cosentyx) 6
Adalimumab (Humira) 3
Ustekinumab (Stelara) 2
Certolizumab (Cimzia) 1
Etanercept (Enbrel) 1

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Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Apremilast.